ovs-kmod-ctl(8) — Linux manual page

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | The ``insert'' command | The ``remove'' command | EXIT STATUS | ENVIRONMENT | FILES | EXAMPLE | SEE ALSO | COLOPHON

ovs-ctl(8)                 Open vSwitch Manual                ovs-ctl(8)

NAME         top

       ovs-kmod-ctl - OVS startup helper script for loading kernel

SYNOPSIS         top

       ovs-kmod-ctl insert
       ovs-kmod-ctl remove
       ovs-kmod-ctl help | -h | --help
       ovs-kmod-ctl --version
       ovs-kmod-ctl version

DESCRIPTION         top

       The ovs-kmod-ctl program is responsible for inserting and
       removing Open vSwitch kernel modules.  It is not meant to be
       invoked directly by system administrators but to be called
       internally by system startup scripts.  The script is used as part
       of an SELinux transition domain.

       Each of ovs-kmod-ctl's commands is described separately below.

The ``insert'' command         top

       The insert command loads the Open vSwitch kernel modules, if
       needed.  If this fails, and the Linux bridge module is loaded but
       no bridges exist, it tries to unload the bridge module and tries
       loading the Open vSwitch kernel module again.

The ``remove'' command         top

       The remove command unloads the Open vSwitch kernel module
       (including the bridge compatibility module, if loaded) and any
       associated vport modules.

EXIT STATUS         top

       ovs-kmod-ctl exits with status 0 on success and nonzero on
       failure.  The insert command is considered to succeed if kernel
       modules are already loaded; the remove command is considered to
       succeed if none of the kernel modules are loaded.

ENVIRONMENT         top

       The following environment variables affect ovs-kmod-ctl:

       PATH   ovs-kmod-ctl does not hardcode the location of any of the
              programs that it runs.  ovs-kmod-ctl will add the sbindir
              and bindir that were specified at configure time to PATH,
              if they are not already present.

              Setting one of these variables in the environment
              overrides the respective configure option, both for
              ovs-kmod-ctl itself and for the other Open vSwitch
              programs that it runs.

FILES         top

       ovs-kmod-ctl uses the following files:

              Shell function library used internally by ovs-kmod-ctl.
              It must be installed in the same directory as

EXAMPLE         top

       ovs-kmod-ctl isn't intended to be manually executed.  However,
       the following examples demonstrate loading the kernel modules.

       ovs-kmod-ctl insert
              Attempts to insert the Open vSwitch kernel modules.

       ovs-kmod-ctl remove
              Attempts to remove the Open vSwitch kernel modules.

SEE ALSO         top

       README.rst, ovs-ctl(8)

COLOPHON         top

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Open vSwitch                  February 2018                   ovs-ctl(8)