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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.   This  requires  the  -w
              parameter to use.

       -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 you want to change a sysctl setting.

       -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 order they  are
              specified.   The  file  argument can may be specified as reqular
              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.
              /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 in favour of BSD compatibility.

       -x     Does nothing in favour of 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 there parameters.  Users  who
       insist  to use deprecated kernel interfaces should 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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