Switch to SpeakEasy.net DSL

The Modular Manual Browser

Home Page
Manual: (OSF1-V5.1-alpha)
Apropos / Subsearch:
optional field

gated(8)							     gated(8)


  gated	- gateway routing daemon


  /usr/sbin/gated [-c] [-C] [-n] [-N] [-t trace_options] [-f config_file]


  -c  Specifies	that gated parse the configuration file	for syntax, then
      exit. If there are no errors, gated leaves a dump	file in

      You do not need root privileges to use the -c option.  However, if you
      do not have root privileges, gated might not be able to read the kernel
      forwarding table and interface configuration. The	-c option implies -
      tgeneral.	 All trace_option clauses in the configuration file are

  -C  Specifies	that gated parse the configuration file	for syntax errors.
      If no errors occur, gated	exits with a status 0.	Otherwise, it exits
      with a status 1.

      You do not need root privileges to use the -C option.  However, if you
      do not have root privileges, gated might not be able to read the kernel
      forwarding table and interface configuration.

  -n  Specifies	that gated not modify the kernel forwarding table.  This is
      used for testing gated configurations with actual	routing	data.

  -N  Specifies	that gated run as a user process.  Normally, if	tracing	to
      stderr is	not specified and if the parent	process	is not init, gated
      runs as a	daemon process.	 This allows the use of	an /etc/inittab-like
      method of	invoking gated.

  -t  trace_options
      Specifies	a comma-separated list of trace	options	to be enabled on
      startup.	If no options are specified, general is	assumed.  No space is
      allowed between this option and its arguments.

      Use this to trace	events that take place before the configuration	file
      is parsed, such as determining the interface configuration and reading
      routes from the kernel.

      See gated.conf(4)	for valid trace	options	and a more detailed explana-
      tion of tracing.

  -f  config_file
      Specifies	an alternate configuration file. By default, gated uses

      If a trace file is specified on the command line,	or no trace options
      are specified on the command line, gated detaches	from the terminal and
      runs in the background.  If trace	options	are specified without speci-
      fying a trace file, gated	assumes	that tracing is	desired	to stderr and
      remains in the foreground.


  The gated routing daemon is based on Release 4.0.6 from NextHop Technolo-
  gies,	Inc.  The gated	daemon replaces	routed and egpup, and currently	han-
  dles the RIP,	BGP, EGP, HELLO, and OSPF routing protocols.  The gated	pro-
  cess can be configured to perform all	routing	protocols or any subset	of


  You can use the following signals to control gated:

      Causes gated to reread the configuration file.  The gated	daemon first
      performs a clean-up of all allocated policy structures. All BGP and EGP
      peers are	flagged	for deletion and the configuration file	is reparsed.

      If the reparse is	successful, any	BGP and	EGP peers that are no longer
      in the configuration are shut down, and new peers	are started.  Gated
      attempts to determine if changes to existing peers require a shutdown
      and restart. OSPF	is not capable of reconfiguring, it is shutdown	and
      restarted	during a reconfiguration. This may have	an adverse impact on
      the routing system.

      It should	also be	possible to enable/disable any protocol	without	res-
      tarting gated.

      Causes gated to write the	current	state of all tasks, timers, proto-
      cols, and	tables to the /usr/tmp/gated_dump file.

      On systems supporting fork(), this is done by forking a subprocess to
      dump the table information.  This	does not affect	gated's	routing	func-
      tions.  On systems where memory management does not support copy-on-
      write, fork() causes the gated address space to be duplicated; this
      might cause a noticeable impact on the system.  On systems not support-
      ing fork(), the main process immediately processes the dump, which
      might impact gated's routing functions.

      Causes gated to shut down.  All tasks and	protocols are asked to shut-
      down. Most terminate immediately,	except EGP peers, which	waits for
      confirmation.  You might have to send SIGTERM once or twice if it	this
      process takes too	long to	shut down.

      All protocol routes are removed from the kernel forwarding table on
      receipt of a SIGTERM. Interface routes, routes with RTF_STATIC set
      (from the	route command where supported) and static routes specifying
      retain will remain. To terminate gated with the exterior routes intact,
      use SIGKILL.

      Causes gated to close the	trace file.  A subsequent SIGUSR1 reopens the
      trace file.  This	allows the file	to be moved regularly.

      You cannot use SIGUSR1 if	a trace	file has not been specified or if
      tracing is being performed to stderr.

      Causes gated to rescan the kernel	interface list for changes.


      Contains gated status information.

      Contains the gated configuration information.

      Contains the gated process id (PID).


  Commands: arp(8), gdc(8), ifconfig(8), netstat(1), ospf_monitor(8),
  ripquery(8), routed(8), route(8)

  Functions: fork(2)

  Files: gated.conf(4),	gated.proto(4),	gated.control(4)