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

NAME
     watchdogd -- Software watchdog daemon

SYNOPSIS
     watchdogd [-d] [-I	file]

DESCRIPTION
     The watchdogd utility interfaces with the kernel's	software watchdog
     facility to ensure	that the system	is in a	working	state.	If watchdogd
     is	unable to interface with the kernel over a specific timeout, the ker-
     nel will take actions to assist in	debugging or restarting	the computer.

     One possible circumstance which will cause	a watchdog timeout is an
     interrupt storm.  If this occurs, watchdogd will no longer	execute	and
     thus the kernel's watchdog	routines will take action after	a configurable
     timeout.

     Upon receiving the	SIGTERM	or SIGINT signals, watchdogd will first
     instruct the kernel to no longer perform watchdog checks and then will
     terminate.

     The watchdogd utility recognizes the following runtime options:

     -I	file  Write the	process	id of the watchdogd utility in the specified
	      file.

     -d	      Don't fork.  When	this option is specified, watchdogd will not
	      fork into	the background at startup.

FILES
     /var/run/watchdogd.pid

SEE ALSO
     watchdog(4), sysctl(8)

AUTHORS
     The watchdogd utility and manual page were	written	by Sean	Kelly
     <smkelly@FreeBSD.org>.

     Some contributions	made by	Jeff Roberson <jeff@FreeBSD.org>.

HISTORY
     The watchdogd utility appeared in FreeBSD 5.1.

FreeBSD	9.2			 June 25, 2003			   FreeBSD 9.2

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