pts_interactive - Enters interactive mode


pts interactive [-cell] <cell name> [-noauth] [-auth] [-localauth] [-force]

pts in [-c] <cell name> [-n] [-f]


The pts interactive command allows the user to enter an interactive mode, useful for running bulk commands like creating new users or groups.

pts interactive uses the authentication state supplied on its command line to run all bulk commands. However, if a bulk command is supplied with authentication options such as -cell, -localauth, -auth or -noauth then it, and all subsequent bulk commands, will be run with those options.


Prior to OpenAFS 1.4.5 and OpenAFS 1.5.23, the pts interactive command was only available on Unix or Linux and when OpenAFS was compiled with the supergroups option (disabled by default). As of OpenAFS 1.4.5 and 1.5.23, it is always available.

Running bulk pts commands may degrade the performance of the Protection Server while they are run and server resources may not be released immediately after commands are run. The pts sleep command can be used in interactive mode or with pts source to give the Protection Server a change to catch up.


pts interactive only takes the standard pts options.

-cell <cell name>

Names the cell in which to run the command. For more details, see pts(1).


Enables the command to continue executing as far as possible when errors or other problems occur, rather than halting execution at the first error.


Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options are ignored.


Constructs a server ticket using a key from the local /usr/afs/etc/KeyFile file. Do not combine this flag with the -cell or -noauth options. For more details, see pts(1).


Assigns the unprivileged identity anonymous to the issuer. For more details, see pts(1).


The output is the same as if each individual command were run from the command line.


Here is an example of a pts interactive session:

   % pts interactive
   pts> examine admin
   Name: admin, id: 1, owner: system:administrators, creator: anonymous,
     membership: 2, flags: S----, group quota: 20.
   pts> help
   pts: Commands are:
   adduser         add a user to a group
   apropos         search by help text
   chown           change ownership of a group
   creategroup     create a new group
   createuser      create a new user
   delete          delete a user or group from database
   examine         examine an entry
   help            get help on commands
   interactive     enter interactive mode
   listentries     list users/groups in the protection database
   listmax         list max id
   listowned       list groups owned by an entry or zero id gets orphaned groups
   membership      list membership of a user or group
   quit            exit program
   removeuser      remove a user from a group
   rename          rename user or group
   setfields       set fields for an entry
   setmax          set max id
   sleep           pause for a bit
   source          read commands from file
   pts> quit


The same privilege is required to run the command in interactive mode as is required to run the command by itself on the command line. Some commands such as pts createuser require that the user belong to the system:administrators group, while others do not.


pts(1), pts_quit(1), pts_sleep(1), pts_source(1), ptserver(8)


Copyright 2007 Jason Edgecombe <>

This documentation is covered by the BSD License as written in the doc/LICENSE file. This man page was written by Jason Edgecombe for OpenAFS.