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RWHOD(8)		FreeBSD	System Manager's Manual		      RWHOD(8)

NAME
     rwhod -- system status server

SYNOPSIS
     rwhod [-i]	[-p] [-l] [-m [ttl]]

DESCRIPTION
     The rwhod utility is the server which maintains the database used by the
     rwho(1) and ruptime(1) programs.  Its operation is	predicated on the
     ability to	broadcast or multicast messages	on a network.

     The rwhod utility operates	as both	a producer and consumer	of status
     information, unless the -l	(listen	mode) option is	specified, in which
     case it acts as a consumer	only.  As a producer of	information it period-
     ically queries the	state of the system and	constructs status messages
     which are broadcasted or multicasted on a network.	 As a consumer of
     information, it listens for other rwhod servers' status messages, vali-
     dating them, then recording them in a collection of files located in the
     directory /var/rwho.

     The -i option enables insecure mode, which	causes rwhod to	ignore the
     source port on incoming packets.

     The -p option tells rwhod to ignore all POINTOPOINT interfaces.  This is
     useful if you do not wish to keep dial on demand interfaces permanently
     active.

     The -l option enables listen mode,	which causes rwhod to not broadcast
     any information.  This allows you to monitor other	machines' rwhod	infor-
     mation, without broadcasting your own.

     The -m option causes rwhod	to use IP multicast (instead of	broadcast) on
     all interfaces that have the IFF_MULTICAST	flag set in their "ifnet"
     structs (excluding	the loopback interface).  The multicast	reports	are
     sent with a time-to-live of 1, to prevent forwarding beyond the directly-
     connected subnet(s).

     If	the optional ttl argument is supplied with the -m flag,	rwhod will
     send IP multicast datagrams with a	time-to-live of	ttl, via a SINGLE
     interface rather than all interfaces.  ttl	must be	between	0 and 32 (or
     MAX_MULTICAST_SCOPE).  Note that -m 1 is different	from -m, in that -m 1
     specifies transmission on one interface only.

     When -m is	used without a ttl argument, the program accepts multicast
     rwhod reports from	all multicast-capable interfaces.  If a	ttl argument
     is	given, it accepts multicast reports from only one interface, the one
     on	which reports are sent (which may be controlled	via the	host's routing
     table).  Regardless of the	-m option, the program accepts broadcast or
     unicast reports from all interfaces.  Thus, this program will hear	the
     reports of	old, non-multicasting rwhods, but, if multicasting is used,
     those old rwhods won't hear the reports generated by this program.

     The server	transmits and receives messages	at the port indicated in the
     ``who'' service specification; see	services(5).  The messages sent	and
     received, are of the form:

	   struct  outmp {
		   char	   out_line[8];		   /* tty name */
		   char	   out_name[8];		   /* user id */
		   long	   out_time;		   /* time on */
	   };

	   struct  whod	{
		   char	   wd_vers;
		   char	   wd_type;
		   char	   wd_fill[2];
		   int	   wd_sendtime;
		   int	   wd_recvtime;
		   char	   wd_hostname[32];
		   int	   wd_loadav[3];
		   int	   wd_boottime;
		   struct  whoent {
			   struct  outmp we_utmp;
			   int	   we_idle;
		   } wd_we[1024	/ sizeof (struct whoent)];
	   };

     All fields	are converted to network byte order prior to transmission.
     The load averages are as calculated by the	w(1) program, and represent
     load averages over	the 5, 10, and 15 minute intervals prior to a server's
     transmission; they	are multiplied by 100 for representation in an inte-
     ger.  The host name included is that returned by the gethostname(3) sys-
     tem call, with any	trailing domain	name omitted.  The array at the	end of
     the message contains information about the	users logged in	to the sending
     machine.  This information	includes the contents of the utmp(5) entry for
     each non-idle terminal line and a value indicating	the time in seconds
     since a character was last	received on the	terminal line.

     Messages received by the rwho server are discarded	unless they originated
     at	an rwho	server's port or the -i	option was specified.  In addition, if
     the host's	name, as specified in the message, contains any	unprintable
     ASCII characters, the message is discarded.  Valid	messages received by
     rwhod are placed in files named whod.hostname in the directory /var/rwho.
     These files contain only the most recent message, in the format described
     above.

     Status messages are generated approximately once every 3 minutes.	Rwhod
     performs an nlist(3) on /kernel every 30 minutes to guard against the
     possibility that this file	is not the system image	currently operating.

SEE ALSO
     ruptime(1), rwho(1)

BUGS
     Status information	should be sent only upon request rather	than continu-
     ously.  People often interpret the	server dying or	network	communication
     failures as a machine going down.

HISTORY
     The rwhod utility appeared	in 4.2BSD.

FreeBSD	9.2		       December	11, 1993		   FreeBSD 9.2

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