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NAME

       sysctl - configure kernel parameters at runtime

SYNOPSIS

       sysctl [-n] [-e] variable ...
       sysctl [-n] [-e] [-q] -w variable=value ...
       sysctl [-n] [-e] [-q] -p [filename]
       sysctl [-n] [-e] -a
       sysctl [-n] [-e] -A

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.   This
              requires the -w parameter to use.

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

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

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

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

       -w     Use this option when you want to change a sysctl setting.

       -p     Load in sysctl settings from the file specified or /etc/sysctl.conf if none  given.
              Specifying - as filename means reading data from standard input.

       -a     Display all values currently available.

       -A     Display all values currently available in table form.

EXAMPLES

       /sbin/sysctl -a
       /sbin/sysctl -n kernel.hostname
       /sbin/sysctl -w kernel.domainname="example.com"
       /sbin/sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.conf

FILES

       /proc/sys
       /etc/sysctl.conf

SEE ALSO

       sysctl.conf(5)

BUGS

       The -A parameter behaves just as -a does.

AUTHOR

       George Staikos, <staikos@0wned.org>

                                           21 Sep 1999                                  SYSCTL(8)