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NAME

       sysctl - configure kernel parameters at runtime

SYNOPSIS

       sysctl [options] [variable[=value]] [...]
       sysctl -p [file or regexp] [...]

DESCRIPTION

       sysctl is used to modify kernel parameters at runtime.  The parameters available are those
       listed under /proc/sys/.  Procfs is required for sysctl support in  Linux.   You  can  use
       sysctl to both read and write sysctl data.

PARAMETERS

       variable
              The name of a key to read from.  An example is kernel.ostype.  The '/' separator is
              also accepted in place of a '.'.

       variable=value
              To set a key, use the form variable=value where variable is the key  and  value  is
              the  value  to  set  it  to.   If the value contains quotes or characters which are
              parsed by the shell, you may need to enclose the value in double quotes.

       -n, --values
              Use this option to disable printing of the key name when printing values.

       -e, --ignore
              Use this option to ignore errors about unknown keys.

       -N, --names
              Use this option to only print the names.  It may be useful with  shells  that  have
              programmable completion.

       -q, --quiet
              Use this option to not display the values set to stdout.

       -w, --write
              Use this option when all arguments prescribe a key to be set.

       -p[FILE], --load[=FILE]
              Load  in sysctl settings from the file specified or /etc/sysctl.conf if none given.
              Specifying - as filename means reading data from standard input.  Using this option
              will  mean  arguments  to  sysctl  are  files, which are read in the order they are
              specified.  The file argument may be specified as regular expression.

       -a, --all
              Display all values currently available.

       --deprecated
              Include deprecated parameters to --all values listing.

       -b, --binary
              Print value without new line.

       --system
              Load settings from all system configuration files. Files are read from  directories
              in  the  following  list in given order from top to bottom.  Once a file of a given
              filename is loaded, any file of the same name in subsequent directories is ignored.
              /run/sysctl.d/*.conf
              /etc/sysctl.d/*.conf
              /usr/local/lib/sysctl.d/*.conf
              /usr/lib/sysctl.d/*.conf
              /lib/sysctl.d/*.conf
              /etc/sysctl.conf

       -r, --pattern pattern
              Only apply  settings  that  match  pattern.   The  pattern  uses  extended  regular
              expression syntax.

       -A     Alias of -a

       -d     Alias of -h

       -f     Alias of -p

       -X     Alias of -a

       -o     Does nothing, exists for BSD compatibility.

       -x     Does nothing, exists for BSD compatibility.

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

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

EXAMPLES

       /sbin/sysctl -a
       /sbin/sysctl -n kernel.hostname
       /sbin/sysctl -w kernel.domainname="example.com"
       /sbin/sysctl -p/etc/sysctl.conf
       /sbin/sysctl -a --pattern forward
       /sbin/sysctl -a --pattern forward$
       /sbin/sysctl -a --pattern 'net.ipv4.conf.(eth|wlan)0.arp'
       /sbin/sysctl --system --pattern '^net.ipv6'

DEPRECATED PARAMETERS

       The  base_reachable_time  and  retrans_time  are  deprecated.  The sysctl command does not
       allow changing values of these parameters.  Users who  insist  to  use  deprecated  kernel
       interfaces should push values to /proc file system by other means.  For example:

       echo 256 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/neigh/eth0/base_reachable_time

FILES

       /proc/sys
       /etc/sysctl.conf

SEE ALSO

       sysctl.conf(5) regex(7)

AUTHOR

       George Staikos ⟨staikos@0wned.org

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