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DEVD(8)                   BSD System Manager's Manual                  DEVD(8)

NAME
     devd -- device state change daemon

SYNOPSIS
     devd [-Ddn]

DESCRIPTION
     The devd daemon provides a way to have userland programs run when certain
     kernel events happen.

     The following options are accepted.

     -D      Enable debugging messages.

     -d      Run in the foreground instead of becoming a daemon.

     -n      Do not process all pending events before becoming a daemon.
             Instead, call daemon right away.

IMPLEMENTATION NOTES
     The devd utility is a system daemon that runs in the background all the
     time.  Whenever a device is added to or removed from the device tree,
     devd will execute actions specified in devd.conf(5).  For example, devd
     might execute dhclient(8) when an Ethernet adapter is added to the sys-
     tem, and kill the dhclient(8) instance when the same adapter is removed.
     Another example would be for devd to use a table to locate and load via
     kldload(8) the proper driver for an unrecognized device that is added to
     the system.

     The devd utility hooks into the devctl(4) device driver.  This device
     driver has hooks into the device configuration system.  When nodes are
     added or deleted from the tree, this device will deliver information
     about the event to devd.  Once devd has parsed the message, it will
     search its action list for that kind of event and perform the action with
     the highest matching value.  For most mundane uses, the default handlers
     are adequate.  However, for more advanced users, the power is present to
     tweak every aspect of what happens.

     The devd utility reads /etc/devd.conf and uses that file to drive the
     rest of the process.  While the format of this file is described in
     devd.conf(5), some basics are covered here.  In the options section, one
     can define multiple directories to search for config files.  All files in
     these directories whose names match the pattern *.conf are parsed.  These
     files are intended to be installed by third party vendors that wish to
     hook into the devd system without modifying the user's other config
     files.

     All messages that devd receives are forwarded to the UNIX domain socket
     at /var/run/devd.pipe.

SEE ALSO
     devctl(4), devd.conf(5)

AUTHORS
     M. Warner Losh

BSD                            October 17, 2002                            BSD