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RPC.STATD(8)                System Manager's Manual               RPC.STATD(8)

NAME
     rpc.statd -- host status monitoring daemon

SYNOPSIS
     rpc.statd [-d]

DESCRIPTION
     rpc.statd is a daemon which co-operates with rpc.statd daemons on other
     hosts to provide a status monitoring service.  The daemon accepts
     requests from programs running on the local host (typically,
     rpc.lockd(8), the NFS file locking daemon) to monitor the status of
     specified hosts.  If a monitored host crashes and restarts, the remote
     daemon will notify the local daemon, which in turn will notify the local
     program(s) which requested the monitoring service.  Conversely, if this
     host crashes and restarts, when rpc.statd restarts, it will notify all of
     the hosts which were being monitored at the time of the crash.

     Options and operands available for rpc.statd :

     -d      The -d option causes debugging information to be written to
             syslog, recording all RPC transactions to the daemon.  These
             messages are logged with level LOG_DEBUG and facility LOG_DAEMON.
             Error conditions are logged irrespective of this option, using
             level LOG_ERR.

     The rpc.statd daemon must NOT be invoked by inetd(8) because the protocol
     assumes that the daemon will run from system start time.  Instead, it
     should be configured in rc.conf(5) to run at system startup.

FILES
     /var/db/statd.status            non-volatile record of currently
                                     monitored hosts.
     /usr/include/rpcsvc/sm_inter.x  RPC protocol specification used by local
                                     applications to register monitoring
                                     requests.

SEE ALSO
     syslog(3), rc.conf(5), rpc.lockd(8)

STANDARDS
     The implementation is based on the specification in X/Open CAE
     Specification C218, "Protocols for X/Open PC Interworking: XNFS, Issue
     4", ISBN 1 872630 66 9

HISTORY
     A version of rpc.statd appeared in SunOS 4.

BUGS
     There is no means for the daemon to tell when a monitored host has
     disappeared permanently (e.g., catastrophic hardware failure), as opposed
     to transient failure of the host or an intermediate router.  At present,
     it will retry notification attempts at frequent intervals for 10 minutes,
     then hourly, and finally gives up after 24 hours.

     The protocol requires that symmetric monitor requests are made to both
     the local and remote daemon in order to establish a monitored
     relationship.  This is convenient for the NFS locking protocol, but
     probably reduces the usefulness of the monitoring system for other
     applications.

     The current implementation uses more than 1Kbyte per monitored host in
     the status file (and also in VM).  This may be inefficient for NFS
     servers with large numbers of clients.

NetBSD 6.1.5                  September 19, 1995                  NetBSD 6.1.5