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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     rc.conf - system daemon configuration database

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     This file contains a series of Bourne-shell  syntax  assignments that are
     used to configure the system daemons.  It is not read by the
kernel, but
     is sourced by various other files in the  /etc/rc.*   series
in order to
     set shell variables used therein to control the behaviour of
the scripts.

     It is advisable to leave the  /etc/rc.conf  file  untouched,
and instead
     create  and  edit  a new /etc/rc.conf.local file.  Variables
set in this
     file will override variables previously set in /etc/rc.conf.

     There are three sections in this file.  The first is used to
turn features
 on or off.  For example, whether the system  runs  the
routed daemon
     is determined by the line in this section

           routed=NO               # for normal use: "-q"

     If  this  line is edited to contain some valid routed daemon
     flags, such as

           routed="-q"             # for normal use: "-q"

     then the routed daemon will be started with those options.

     The second section contains some other programs that can either be run or
     not, but that don't need options.  They can be set to YES or
NO.  For example,
 the line


     prevents the NFS server daemons from starting.  To run  NFS,
just change
     this  line's  value  from  NO to YES, and also make whatever
changes are
     needed for the server to have something to do  (set  up  the
exports(5) file

     The  third section contains values that parameterize servers
started by
     one of the first two sections, and are ignored if the corresponding server
  is not running.  For example, if nfs_server, is enabled,
then the line

           nfsd_flags="-tun 4"

     provides command-line arguments for the NFS server.

     This particular line instructs nfsd(8) to start four  copies
of the server.
   On  a  busy file server, 8 (or more) copies are recommended.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     init(8), rc(8)

     and the detailed documentation given for each server that is
     in this fashion.

HISTORY    [Toc]    [Back]

     The rc.conf file first appeared in OpenBSD 2.2.

OpenBSD      3.6                          January     5,     1998
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