uuidd(8) — Linux manual page


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NAME         top

       uuidd - UUID generation daemon

SYNOPSIS         top

       uuidd [options]

DESCRIPTION         top

       The uuidd daemon is used by the UUID library to generate
       universally unique identifiers (UUIDs), especially time-based
       UUIDs, in a secure and guaranteed-unique fashion, even in the
       face of large numbers of threads running on different CPUs trying
       to grab UUIDs.

OPTIONS         top

       -d, --debug
              Run uuidd in debugging mode.  This prevents uuidd from
              running as a daemon.

       -F, --no-fork
              Do not daemonize using a double-fork.

       -k, --kill
              If currently a uuidd daemon is running, kill it.

       -n, --uuids number
              When issuing a test request to a running uuidd, request a
              bulk response of number UUIDs.

       -P, --no-pid
              Do not create a pid file.

       -p, --pid path
              Specify the pathname where the pid file should be written.
              By default, the pid file is written to

       -q, --quiet
              Suppress some failure messages.

       -r, --random
              Test uuidd by trying to connect to a running uuidd daemon
              and request it to return a random-based UUID.

       -S, --socket-activation
              Do not create a socket but instead expect it to be
              provided by the calling process.  This implies --no-fork
              and --no-pid.  This option is intended to be used only
              with systemd(1).  It needs to be enabled with a configure

       -s, --socket path
              Make uuidd use this pathname for the unix-domain socket.
              By default, the pathname used is /run/uuidd/request.  This
              option is primarily for debugging purposes, since the
              pathname is hard-coded in the libuuid library.

       -T, --timeout number
              Make uuidd exit after number seconds of inactivity.

       -t, --time
              Test uuidd by trying to connect to a running uuidd daemon
              and request it to return a time-based UUID.

       -V, --version
              Output version information and exit.

       -h, --help
              Display help screen and exit.

EXAMPLE         top

       Start up a daemon, print 42 random keys, and then stop the

              uuidd -p /tmp/uuidd.pid -s /tmp/uuidd.socket
              uuidd -d -r -n 42 -s /tmp/uuidd.socket
              uuidd -d -k -s /tmp/uuidd.socket

AUTHOR         top

       The uuidd daemon was written by Theodore Ts'o <tytso@mit.edu>.

SEE ALSO         top

       uuid(3), uuidgen(1)

AVAILABILITY         top

       The uuidd daemon is part of the util-linux package and is
       available from the Linux Kernel Archive 

COLOPHON         top

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util-linux                      July 2014                       UUIDD(8)

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