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       systemd-machine-id-setup - Initialize the machine ID in /etc/machine-id




       systemd-machine-id-setup may be used by system installer tools to initialize the machine
       ID stored in /etc/machine-id at install time, with a provisioned or randomly generated ID.
       See machine-id(5) for more information about this file.

       If the tool is invoked without the --commit switch, /etc/machine-id is initialized with a
       valid, new machined ID if it is missing or empty. The new machine ID will be acquired in
       the following fashion:

        1. If a valid D-Bus machine ID is already configured for the system, the D-Bus machine ID
           is copied and used to initialize the machine ID in /etc/machine-id.

        2. If run inside a KVM virtual machine and a UUID is configured (via the -uuid option),
           this UUID is used to initialize the machine ID. The caller must ensure that the UUID
           passed is sufficiently unique and is different for every booted instance of the VM.

        3. Similarly, if run inside a Linux container environment and a UUID is configured for
           the container, this is used to initialize the machine ID. For details, see the
           documentation of the Container Interface[1].

        4. Otherwise, a new ID is randomly generated.

       The --commit switch may be used to commit a transient machined ID to disk, making it
       persistent. For details, see below.

       Use systemd-firstboot(1) to initialize the machine ID on mounted (but not booted) system


       The following options are understood:

           Takes a directory path as argument. All paths operated will be prefixed with the given
           alternate root path, including the path for /etc/machine-id itself.

           Commit a transient machine ID to disk. This command may be used to convert a transient
           machine ID into a persistent one. A transient machine ID file is one that was bind
           mounted from a memory file system (usually "tmpfs") to /etc/machine-id during the
           early phase of the boot process. This may happen because /etc is initially read-only
           and was missing a valid machine ID file at that point.

           This command will execute no operation if /etc/machine-id is not mounted from a memory
           file system, or if /etc is read-only. The command will write the current transient
           machine ID to disk and unmount the /etc/machine-id mount point in a race-free manner
           to ensure that this file is always valid and accessible for other processes.

           This command is primarily used by the systemd-machine-id-commit.service(8) early boot

           Print the machine ID generated or committed after the operation is complete.

       -h, --help
           Print a short help text and exit.

           Print a short version string and exit.


       On success, 0 is returned, a non-zero failure code otherwise.


       systemd(1), machine-id(5), systemd-machine-id-commit.service(8), dbus-uuidgen(1), systemd-


        1. Container Interface