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       ipxd - IPX RIP/SAP daemon program


       ipxd [ -d ] [ -p ] [ -l log_file ] [ -t ticks_file ]


       The  IPX  RIP/SAP  daemon  ipxd  is  invoked at boot time to manage the
       kernel IPX routing tables.

       When ipxd is started, it scans  the  file  /proc/net/ipx_interfaces  to
       find  the  ipx networks the computer is directly connected to. It sends
       the RIP and SAP response and request packets required by the IPX router
       specification  v1.20 to the interfaces it found, so that an initial RIP
       and SAP table can be built.

       During normal operation, ipxd listens on the RIP and SAP ports of  each
       directly  connected  interface for broadcasts that other routers on the
       network send out, as well as requests issued by workstations. This  way
       the  full router functionality required by the IPX router specification
       v1.20 is hopefully implemented.

       Every 30 seconds, as well as on request  by  a  HUP  signal,  the  file
       /proc/net/ipx_interfaces is re-scanned. Changes in the network topology
       are  detected  this  way  and  broadcasted  appropriately.  This  could
       eventually make Linux a quite flexible IPX router.


          With  option  -d,  ipxd  does  not daemonize itself and logs the IPX
          traffic it receives and sends out to the log file.

          With option -p, ipxd works in passive mode. This means it  does  not
          output  any  response on the net. It does not broadcast its internal
          tables, and does not answer requests. This makes it suitable for use
          in  a  normal  IPX workstation, which should not act as a router. By
          starting ipxd in passive mode, the kernel routing tables are kept up
          to  date. This means that utilities like slist or nprint do not have
          to run suid root, to be able to add IPX routing table entries.

          It is not possible to use ipxd in passive  mode  when  you  have  an
          internal  net,  because  other  IPX nodes must know how to reach the
          internal net. They can only know it if ipxd  tells  them  where  the
          internal net is.

       -l logfile
          With  this option you can tell ipxd where to put its log output. The
          default is /dev/null.

       -t ticks_file
          With this option you can override the  default  file  name  for  the
          ticks file. The default is /etc/ipx_ticks. See ipx_ticks(5) for more




       ipx_ticks(5), ipx_interface(8)


       Volker Lendecke <>