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       ipsec - invoke IPsec utilities


       ipsec command [argument...] ipsec --help
             ipsec --version
             ipsec --versioncode
             ipsec --copyright
             ipsec --directory
             ipsec --confdir


       Ipsec invokes any of several utilities involved in controlling the
       IPsec encryption/authentication system, running the specified command
       with the specified arguments as if it had been invoked directly. This
       largely eliminates possible name collisions with other software, and
       also permits some centralized services.

       In particular, ipsec supplies the invoked command with a suitable PATH
       environment variable, and also provides IPSEC_DIR, IPSEC_CONFS, and
       IPSEC_VERSION environment variables, containing respectively the full
       pathname of the directory where the IPsec utilities are stored, the
       full pathname of the directory where the configuration files live, and
       the IPsec version number.

       ipsec --help lists the available commands. Most have their own manual
       pages, e.g.  ipsec_auto(8) for auto.

       ipsec --version outputs version information about Linux FreeS/WAN. A
       version code of the form ``Uxxx/Kyyy'' indicates that the user-level
       utilities are version xxx but the kernel portion appears to be version
       yyy (this form is used only if the two disagree).

       ipsec --versioncode outputs just the version code, with none of
       --version's supporting information, for use by scripts.

       ipsec --copyright supplies boring copyright details.

       ipsec --directory reports where ipsec thinks the IPsec utilities are

       ipsec --confdir reports where ipsec thinks the IPsec configuration
       files are stored.


       /usr/local/lib/ipsec usual utilities directory


       The following environment variables control where FreeS/WAN finds its
       components. The ipsec command sets them if they are not already set.

           IPSEC_EXECDIR  directory containing published commands
           IPSEC_LIBDIR   directory containing internal executables
           IPSEC_SBINDIR  directory containing ipsec command
           IPSEC_CONFS    directory containing configuration files


       ipsec.conf(5), ipsec.secrets(5), ipsec_auto(8), ipsec_barf(8),
       ipsec_setup(8), ipsec_showdefaults(8), ipsec_showhostkey(8)

       HTML documentation shipped with the release, starting with
       doc/index.html.  <> may also be of use.


       Written for Linux FreeS/WAN <> by Henry Spencer.


       The provision of centralized services, while convenient, does
       compromise the original concept of making the utilities invocable
       directly as well as via ipsec.

[FIXME: source]                   10/06/2010                          IPSEC(8)