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

       -C, --cont-clock[=time]
           Activate continuous clock handling for time based UUIDs.
           uuidd could use all possible clock values, beginning with the
           daemon’s start time. The optional argument can be used to set
           a value for the max_clock_offset. This gurantees, that a
           clock value of a UUID will always be within the range of the

           The option '-C' or '--cont-clock' enables the feature with a
           default max_clock_offset of 2 hours.

           The option '-C<NUM>[hd]' or '--cont-clock=<NUM>[hd]' enables
           the feature with a max_clock_offset of NUM seconds. In case
           of an appended h or d, the NUM value is read in hours or
           days. The minimum value is 60 seconds, the maximum value is
           365 days.

       -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 option.

       -s, --socket path
           Make uuidd use this pathname for the unix-domain socket. By
           default, the pathname used is {runstatedir}/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.

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

       -V, --version
           Print version 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)

REPORTING BUGS         top

       For bug reports, use the issue tracker at

AVAILABILITY         top

       The uuidd command is part of the util-linux package which can be
       downloaded from Linux Kernel Archive
       <https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/>. This page
       is part of the util-linux (a random collection of Linux
       utilities) project. Information about the project can be found at
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       2023-12-22. (At that time, the date of the most recent commit
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util-linux 2.39.594-1e0ad      2023-08-25                       UUIDD(8)

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