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       osmo-ggsn - Gateway GPRS Support Node.


       osmo-ggsn --help

       osmo-ggsn --version

       osmo-ggsn [ --help ] [ --daemonize ] [ --config-file file ] [ --version ]


       osmo-ggsn  is part of the OsmoGGSN project, and implements a Gateway GPRS Support Node. It
       is used by mobile operators as the interface between the Internet  and  the  rest  of  the
       mobile network infrastructure.

       The  GPRS  functionality  and  protocols  has  been  standardised  by the Third Generation
       Partnership  Project  (3GPP).  According  to  the  3GPP  specifications  a  GGSN  has  two
       interfaces: The Gn/Gp interface and the Gi interface.

       The  Gn/Gp  interface  can  be  seen as the downlink interface of the GGSN. It is used for
       communicating with the Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN)  which  again  interfaces  to  the
       radio  access  network.  The  Gn/Gp interface uses the GPRS tunneling protocol (GTP). User
       data packets (typically IP packets) are tunneled over GTP, which again uses UDP over IP.

       The other interface can be thought of as the uplink interface, and interfaces the GGSN  to
       an  external  data network. Gi is most often an interface to the Internet.  osmo-ggsn uses
       the TUN/TAP driver for the Gi interface. A tun network interface is established  when  the
       osmo-ggsn is started.

       osmo-ggsn  will  accept incoming connections from mobile stations through the radio access
       network and the SGSN. When a connection request is  received  the  ggsn  will  allocate  a
       dynamic  IP  address for the mobile station, and allow the mobile station to access the Gi
       interface. Connections are terminated by either the mobile station or  the  SGSN.  Runtime
       errors are reported using the Osmocom logging framework.

       Typically  osmo-ggsn  will  be  deployed  with  two Ethernet interfaces. One for the Gn/Gp
       interface, and one for the Gi interface. Policy routing and firewall rules should be  used
       in order to separate Gi traffic from Gn/Gp traffic.


       --help Print help and exit.

              Print version and exit.

              Run in background as a daemon (default = off)

       --config-file file
              Read configuration file (default = ./openggsn.cfg)


              The configuration file for osmo-ggsn.
              Process ID file.
              Directory holding nonvolatile data.


       Report all bugs to the OsmoGGSN bug tracking list at

       osmo-ggsn  has  very  limited  management  support. Currently both SNMP as well as billing
       mechanisms are missing.




       Besides the long options documented in this man page osmo-ggsn also accepts  a  number  of
       short options with the same functionality. Use osmo-ggsn --help for a full list of all the
       available options.

       The TUN/TAP driver is required for proper operation of osmo-ggsn.  For linux kernels later
       than  2.4.7 the TUN/TAP driver is included in the kernel, but typically needs to be loaded
       manually with modprobe tun.  For automatic loading the line  alias  char-major-10-200  tun
       can     be     added     to     /etc/modules.conf.      For     other     platforms    see for information on how to install and configure  the  tun

       osmo-ggsn  uses  the  GPRS  Tunneling  Protocol (GTP) as specified by the Third Generation
       Partnership  Project   (3GPP).   3GPP   protocols   specifications   can   be   found   at


       Copyright (C) 2002, 2003 by Mondru AB.  Copyright (C) 2017 Harald Welte

       The  contents  of  this file may be used under the terms of the GNU General Public License
       Version 2, provided that the above copyright notice and this permission notice is included
       in all copies or substantial portions of the software.


       Jens Jakobsen <> Harald Welte <>

                                           August 2017                               osmo-ggsn(8)