GENL(8)                             Linux                            GENL(8)

NAME         top

       genl - generic netlink utility frontend

SYNOPSIS         top

       genl [ -s[tatistics] ] [ -d[etails] ] [ -r[aw] ] OBJECT

       genl { -V[ersion] | -h[elp] }

       OBJECT := { ctrl CTRL_OPTS }

       CTRL_OPTS := { help | list | monitor | get PARMS }

       PARMS := { name NAME | id ID }

DESCRIPTION         top

       The genl utility provides a simple frontend to the generic netlink
       library. Although it's designed to support multiple OBJECTs, for now
       only the ctrl object is available, which is used to query the generic
       netlink controller.

       The generic netlink controller can be queried in various ways:

       help   This command just prints a help text for the ctrl object.

       list   Show the registered netlink users.

              Listen for generic netlink notifications.

       get    Query the controller for a given user, identified either by
              name or id.

OPTIONS         top

       genl supports the following options.

       -h, -help
              Show summary of options.

       -V, -Version
              Show version of program.

       -s, -stats, -statistics
              Show object statistics.

       -d, -details
              Show object details.

       -r, -raw
              Dump raw output only.

SEE ALSO         top


AUTHOR         top

       genl was written by Jamal Hadi Salim <>.

       This manual page was written by Petr Sabata <>.

COLOPHON         top

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iproute2                         29 Oct 2015                         GENL(8)