ovs-appctl(8)                 Open vSwitch Manual                ovs-appctl(8)

       ovs-appctl - utility for configuring running Open vSwitch daemons

       ovs-appctl  [--target=target  |  -t  target] [-T secs | --timeout=secs]
       command [arg...]
       ovs-appctl --help
       ovs-appctl --version

       Open vSwitch daemons accept certain  commands  at  runtime  to  control
       their behavior and query their settings.  Every daemon accepts a common
       set of commands documented under COMMON COMMANDS below.   Some  daemons
       support   additional   commands   documented  in  their  own  manpages.
       ovs-vswitchd in particular accepts a number of additional commands doc‐
       umented in ovs-vswitchd(8).

       The  ovs-appctl program provides a simple way to invoke these commands.
       The command to be sent is specified on  ovs-appctl's  command  line  as
       non-option arguments.  ovs-appctl sends the command and prints the dae‐
       mon's response on standard output.

       In normal use only a single option is accepted:

       -t target
              Tells ovs-appctl which daemon to contact.

              If target begins with / it must name a  Unix  domain  socket  on
              which  an  Open  vSwitch daemon is listening for control channel
              connections.  By default, each daemon listens on a  Unix  domain
              socket named /var/run/openvswitch/program.pid.ctl, where program
              is the program's name and pid is its process ID.   For  example,
              if  ovs-vswitchd  has PID 123, it would listen on /var/run/open

              Otherwise, ovs-appctl looks for a pidfile, that is, a file whose
              contents  are  the  process ID of a running process as a decimal
              number, named /var/run/openvswitch/target.pid.   (The  --pidfile
              option  makes an Open vSwitch daemon create a pidfile.)  ovs-ap
              pctl reads the pidfile, then  looks  for  a  Unix  socket  named
              /var/run/openvswitch/target.pid.ctl,  where  pid  is replaced by
              the process ID read from the pidfile, and uses that file  as  if
              it had been specified directly as the target.

              On  Windows,  target can be an absolute path to a file that con‐
              tains a localhost TCP port on which an Open  vSwitch  daemon  is
              listening for control channel connections. By default, each dae‐
              mon writes the TCP port on which it  is  listening  for  control
              connection  into the file program.ctl located inside the config‐
              ured OVS_RUNDIR directory. If target is not  an  absolute  path,
              ovs-appctl  looks  for a file named target.ctl in the configured
              OVS_RUNDIR directory.

              The default target is ovs-vswitchd.

       -T secs
              By default, or with a secs of 0,  ovs-appctl  waits  forever  to
              connect  to the daemon and receive a response.  This option lim‐
              its runtime to approximately secs seconds.  If the  timeout  ex‐
              pires, ovs-appctl exits with a SIGALRM signal.

       Every  Open vSwitch daemon supports a common set of commands, which are
       documented in this section.

       These commands display daemon-specific commands and  the  running  ver‐
       sion.   Note  that  these  commands  are  different from the --help and
       --version options that return information about the ovs-appctl  utility

              Lists the commands supported by the target.

              Displays the version and compilation date of the target.

       Open  vSwitch  has  several log levels.  The highest-severity log level

       off    No message is ever logged at this level, so  setting  a  logging
              destination's log level to off disables logging to that destina‐

       The following log levels, in order of descending severity,  are  avail‐

       emer   A major failure forced a process to abort.

       err    A high-level operation or a subsystem failed.  Attention is war‐

       warn   A low-level operation failed, but higher-level subsystems may be
              able to recover.

       info   Information  that may be useful in retrospect when investigating
              a problem.

       dbg    Information useful only to someone with intricate  knowledge  of
              the system, or that would commonly cause too-voluminous log out‐
              put.  Log messages at this level are not logged by default.

       Every Open vSwitch daemon supports the following commands for examining
       and adjusting log levels.

              Lists the known logging modules and their current levels.

              Lists logging pattern used for each destination.

       vlog/set [spec]
              Sets  logging  levels.  Without any spec, sets the log level for
              every module and destination to dbg.  Otherwise, spec is a  list
              of words separated by spaces or commas or colons, up to one from
              each category below:

              •      A valid module name, as displayed by the  vlog/list  com‐
                     mand on ovs-appctl(8), limits the log level change to the
                     specified module.

              •      syslog, console, or file, to limit the log  level  change
                     to  only to the system log, to the console, or to a file,

                     On Windows platform, syslog is accepted as a word and  is
                     only  useful  if  the  target was started with the --sys
                     log-target option (the word has no effect otherwise).

              •      off, emer, err, warn, info, or dbg, to  control  the  log
                     level.   Messages of the given severity or higher will be
                     logged, and messages of lower severity will  be  filtered
                     out.  off filters out all messages.

              Case is not significant within spec.

              Regardless  of  the  log  levels set for file, logging to a file
              will not take place unless the target  application  was  invoked
              with the --log-file option.

              For compatibility with older versions of OVS, any is accepted as
              a word but has no effect.

       vlog/set PATTERN:destination:pattern
              Sets the log pattern for destination to pattern.   Each  time  a
              message  is  logged  to destination, pattern determines the mes‐
              sage's formatting.  Most characters in pattern are copied liter‐
              ally  to  the  log, but special escapes beginning with % are ex‐
              panded as follows:

              %A     The name of the application  logging  the  message,  e.g.

              %B     The RFC5424 syslog PRI of the message.

              %c     The  name  of  the module (as shown by ovs-appctl --list)
                     logging the message.

              %d     The current date and time in ISO 8601 format  (YYYY-MM-DD

                     The  current date and time in the specified format, which
                     takes the same format as the template argument  to  strf
                     time(3).   As  an  extension,  any # characters in format
                     will  be  replaced  by  fractional  seconds,   e.g.   use
                     %H:%M:%S.###  for  the  time  to the nearest millisecond.
                     Sub-second times are only approximate and currently deci‐
                     mal  places  after  the  third will always be reported as

              %D     The  current  UTC  date  and  time  in  ISO  8601  format
                     (YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS).

                     The  current  UTC  date and time in the specified format,
                     which takes the same format as the template  argument  to
                     strftime(3).   Supports the same extension for sub-second
                     resolution as %d{...}.

              %E     The hostname of the node running the application.

              %m     The message being logged.

              %N     A serial number for this message within this run  of  the
                     program,  as  a decimal number.  The first message a pro‐
                     gram logs has serial number 1, the second one has  serial
                     number 2, and so on.

              %n     A new-line.

              %p     The level at which the message is logged, e.g. DBG.

              %P     The program's process ID (pid), as a decimal number.

              %r     The  number of milliseconds elapsed from the start of the
                     application to the time the message was logged.

              %t     The subprogram name, that is, an identifying name for the
                     process  or  thread that emitted the log message, such as
                     monitor for the process used for --monitor  or  main  for
                     the primary process or thread in a program.

              %T     The  subprogram name enclosed in parentheses, e.g. (moni
                     tor), or the empty string  for  the  primary  process  or
                     thread in a program.

              %%     A literal %.

              A  few options may appear between the % and the format specifier
              character, in this order:

              -      Left justify the  escape's  expansion  within  its  field
                     width.  Right justification is the default.

              0      Pad  the  field to the field width with 0s.  Padding with
                     spaces is the default.

              width  A number specifies the minimum field width.  If  the  es‐
                     cape  expands  to  fewer characters than width then it is
                     padded to fill the field  width.   (A  field  wider  than
                     width is not truncated to fit.)

              The  default pattern for console and file output is %D{%Y-%m-%dT
              %H:%M:%SZ}|%05N|%c|%p|%m; for syslog output, %05N|%c|%p|%m.

              Daemons written in Python (e.g. ovs-xapi-sync) do not allow con‐
              trol over the log pattern.

       vlog/set FACILITY:facility
              Sets  the  RFC5424  facility of the log message. facility can be
              one of kern, user, mail, daemon, auth, syslog, lpr, news,  uucp,
              clock,  ftp,  ntp, audit, alert, clock2, local0, local1, local2,
              local3, local4, local5, local6 or local7.

              Causes the daemon to close its log file, if it  is  open.   (Use
              vlog/reopen to reopen it later.)

              Causes the daemon to close its log file, if it is open, and then
              reopen it.  (This is useful after rotating log files, to cause a
              new log file to be used.)

              This  has  no  effect  if the target application was not invoked
              with the --log-file option.

       --help Prints a brief help message to the console.

              Prints version information to the console.

       ovs-appctl  can  control   all   Open   vSwitch   daemons,   including:
       ovs-vswitchd(8), and ovsdb-server(8).

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