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WATCHDOGD(8)	       DragonFly System Manager's Manual	  WATCHDOGD(8)

NAME

watchdogd -- watchdog timer retrigger daemon

SYNOPSIS

watchdogd [-dnq] [-i interval] [-p period]

DESCRIPTION

watchdogd is a daemon to activate and periodically retrigger the watchdog(4) timer device from userland. watchdogd is designed to work in high load environments, where other methods (such as a shell script invoking sysctl(8)) would involve too much overhead. The basic premise is that after every interval seconds, watchdogd resets the hardware timer to period. See also watchdog(4) for more information on how watchdog timers work. The options are as follows: -d Do not daemonize. If this option is specified, watchdogd will run in the foreground. -i interval Specify how often, in seconds, watchdogd should retrigger the hardware timer. If no interval is specified, the value of period (see below) divided by three is used. -n Do not restore the watchdog to its original values once it has been activated. With this set, the system will be rebooted by the watchdog even after a halt(8). -p period Set the hardware timer to expire in period seconds. The default is 30 seconds. -q Be quiet. With this option specified, watchdogd will not output a warning message if the underlying hardware adjusted the timeout period.

SEE ALSO

watchdog(4), sysctl(8)

HISTORY

The watchdogd program first appeared in DragonFly 2.5.

AUTHORS

watchdogd was written by Marc Balmer <mbalmer@openbsd.org>. DragonFly 3.7 October 4, 2009 DragonFly 3.7