vtep-ctl(8)                   Open vSwitch Manual                  vtep-ctl(8)



NAME
       vtep-ctl - utility for querying and configuring a VTEP database

SYNOPSIS
       vtep-ctl  [options]  --  [options] command [args] [-- [options] command
       [args]]...

DESCRIPTION
       The vtep-ctl program configures a VTEP database.  See vtep(5) for  com‐
       prehensive documentation of the database schema.

       vtep-ctl connects to an ovsdb-server process that maintains a VTEP con‐
       figuration database.  Using this connection, it  queries  and  possibly
       applies changes to the database, depending on the supplied commands.

       vtep-ctl  can  perform  any  number of commands in a single run, imple‐
       mented as a single atomic transaction against the database.

       The vtep-ctl command line begins with global options (see OPTIONS below
       for details).  The global options are followed by one or more commands.
       Each command should begin with -- by itself as a command-line argument,
       to  separate  it from the following commands.  (The -- before the first
       command is optional.)  The command itself starts with  command-specific
       options,  if  any, followed by the command name and any arguments.  See
       EXAMPLES below for syntax examples.

OPTIONS
       The following options affect the behavior vtep-ctl as  a  whole.   Some
       individual commands also accept their own options, which are given just
       before the command name.  If the first command on the command line  has
       options,  then  those options must be separated from the global options
       by --.

       --db=server
              Sets server as the database server  that  vtep-ctl  contacts  to
              query or modify configuration.  server may be an OVSDB active or
              passive connection method, as described in  ovsdb(7).   The  de‐
              fault is unix:/var/run/openvswitch/db.sock.

       --no-syslog
              By  default,  vtep-ctl logs its arguments and the details of any
              changes that it makes to the system log.  This  option  disables
              this logging.

              This option is equivalent to --verbose=vtep_ctl:syslog:warn.

       --oneline
              Modifies  the  output format so that the output for each command
              is printed on a single line.   New-line  characters  that  would
              otherwise separate lines are printed as \n, and any instances of
              \ that would otherwise appear in the output are doubled.  Prints
              a  blank  line for each command that has no output.  This option
              does not affect the formatting of output from the list  or  find
              commands; see Table Formatting Options below.

       --dry-run
              Prevents vtep-ctl from actually modifying the database.

       -t secs
       --timeout=secs
              By  default,  or  with a secs of 0, vtep-ctl waits forever for a
              response from the database.  This option limits runtime  to  ap‐
              proximately secs seconds.  If the timeout expires, vtep-ctl will
              exit with a SIGALRM signal.  (A timeout  would  normally  happen
              only  if  the  database cannot be contacted, or if the system is
              overloaded.)

   Table Formatting Options
       These options control the format of output from the list and find  com‐
       mands.

       -f format
       --format=format
              Sets  the type of table formatting.  The following types of for
              mat are available:

              table  2-D text tables with aligned columns.

              list (default)
                     A list with one column per line and rows separated  by  a
                     blank line.

              html   HTML tables.

              csv    Comma-separated values as defined in RFC 4180.

              json   JSON  format as defined in RFC 4627.  The output is a se‐
                     quence of JSON objects, each of which corresponds to  one
                     table.   Each  JSON object has the following members with
                     the noted values:

                     caption
                            The table's caption.  This member  is  omitted  if
                            the table has no caption.

                     headings
                            An  array with one element per table column.  Each
                            array element is a string giving the corresponding
                            column's heading.

                     data   An array with one element per table row.  Each el‐
                            ement is also an array with one element per  table
                            column.   The  elements of this second-level array
                            are the cells that constitute  the  table.   Cells
                            that  represent  OVSDB  data or data types are ex‐
                            pressed in the format described in the OVSDB spec‐
                            ification;  other  cells  are  simply expressed as
                            text strings.

       -d format
       --data=format
              Sets the formatting for cells within output  tables  unless  the
              table  format  is  set to json, in which case json formatting is
              always used when formatting cells.  The following types of  for
              mat are available:

              string (default)
                     The  simple  format described in the Database Values sec‐
                     tion of ovs-vsctl(8).

              bare   The simple format with punctuation stripped off:  []  and
                     {}  are  omitted  around  sets,  maps, and empty columns,
                     items within  sets  and  maps  are  space-separated,  and
                     strings  are never quoted.  This format may be easier for
                     scripts to parse.

              json   The RFC 4627 JSON format as described above.

       --no-headings
              This option suppresses the heading row that otherwise appears in
              the first row of table output.

       --pretty
              By  default, JSON in output is printed as compactly as possible.
              This option causes JSON in output to be printed in a more  read‐
              able  fashion.   Members  of  objects and elements of arrays are
              printed one per line, with indentation.

              This option does not affect JSON  in  tables,  which  is  always
              printed compactly.

       --bare Equivalent to --format=list --data=bare --no-headings.

       --max-column-width=n
              For  table  output  only,  limits the width of any column in the
              output to n columns.  Longer cell data is truncated to  fit,  as
              necessary.  Columns are always wide enough to display the column
              names, if the heading row is printed.

   Public Key Infrastructure Options
       -p privkey.pem
       --private-key=privkey.pem
              Specifies  a  PEM  file  containing  the  private  key  used  as
              vtep-ctl's identity for outgoing SSL connections.

       -c cert.pem
       --certificate=cert.pem
              Specifies a PEM file containing a certificate that certifies the
              private key specified on -p or --private-key to be  trustworthy.
              The certificate must be signed by the certificate authority (CA)
              that the peer in SSL connections will use to verify it.

       -C cacert.pem
       --ca-cert=cacert.pem
              Specifies a PEM file containing the CA certificate that vtep-ctl
              should  use to verify certificates presented to it by SSL peers.
              (This may be the same certificate that SSL peers use  to  verify
              the certificate specified on -c or --certificate, or it may be a
              different one, depending on the PKI design in use.)

       -C none
       --ca-cert=none
              Disables verification of certificates presented  by  SSL  peers.
              This  introduces a security risk, because it means that certifi‐
              cates cannot be verified to be those of known trusted hosts.

       --bootstrap-ca-cert=cacert.pem
              When cacert.pem exists, this option has the same effect as -C or
              --ca-cert.   If it does not exist, then vtep-ctl will attempt to
              obtain the CA certificate from the SSL peer  on  its  first  SSL
              connection and save it to the named PEM file.  If it is success‐
              ful, it will immediately drop the connection and reconnect,  and
              from then on all SSL connections must be authenticated by a cer‐
              tificate signed by the CA certificate thus obtained.

              This option exposes the SSL connection  to  a  man-in-the-middle
              attack  obtaining the initial CA certificate, but it may be use‐
              ful for bootstrapping.

              This option is only useful if the SSL peer sends its CA certifi‐
              cate  as  part  of  the SSL certificate chain.  The SSL protocol
              does not require the server to send the CA certificate.

              This option is mutually exclusive with -C and --ca-cert.

       --peer-ca-cert=peer-cacert.pem
              Specifies a PEM file that contains one or more  additional  cer‐
              tificates  to  send to SSL peers.  peer-cacert.pem should be the
              CA certificate used to sign vtep-ctl's own certificate, that is,
              the certificate specified on -c or --certificate.  If vtep-ctl's
              certificate   is    self-signed,    then    --certificate    and
              --peer-ca-cert should specify the same file.

              This  option  is not useful in normal operation, because the SSL
              peer must already have the CA certificate for the peer  to  have
              any  confidence  in vtep-ctl's identity.  However, this offers a
              way for a new installation to bootstrap the  CA  certificate  on
              its first SSL connection.

       -v[spec]
       --verbose=[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,
                     respectively.  (If --detach is specified, vtep-ctl closes
                     its  standard file descriptors, so logging to the console
                     will have no effect.)

                     On Windows platform, syslog is accepted as a word and  is
                     only  useful  along  with the --syslog-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.  See ovs-appctl(8)
                     for a definition of each log level.

              Case is not significant within spec.

              Regardless of the log levels set for file,  logging  to  a  file
              will not take place unless --log-file is also specified (see be‐
              low).

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

       -v
       --verbose
              Sets  the  maximum logging verbosity level, equivalent to --ver
              bose=dbg.

       -vPATTERN:destination:pattern
       --verbose=PATTERN:destination:pattern
              Sets the log pattern  for  destination  to  pattern.   Refer  to
              ovs-appctl(8) for a description of the valid syntax for pattern.

       -vFACILITY:facility
       --verbose=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. If this option is  not
              specified,  daemon  is  used as the default for the local system
              syslog and local0 is used while sending a message to the  target
              provided via the --syslog-target option.

       --log-file[=file]
              Enables  logging  to  a  file.  If file is specified, then it is
              used as the exact name for the log file.  The default  log  file
              name    used    if    file    is   omitted   is   /var/log/open
              vswitch/vtep-ctl.log.

       --syslog-target=host:port
              Send syslog messages to UDP port on host,  in  addition  to  the
              system  syslog.   The host must be a numerical IP address, not a
              hostname.

       --syslog-method=method
              Specify method how syslog messages should be sent to syslog dae‐
              mon.  Following forms are supported:

              •      libc, use libc syslog() function.  Downside of using this
                     options is that libc adds fixed prefix to  every  message
                     before  it  is  actually  sent  to the syslog daemon over
                     /dev/log UNIX domain socket.

              •      unix:file, use UNIX domain socket directly.  It is possi‐
                     ble to specify arbitrary message format with this option.
                     However, rsyslogd 8.9 and older versions use  hard  coded
                     parser  function  anyway  that  limits UNIX domain socket
                     use.  If you want to use arbitrary  message  format  with
                     older rsyslogd versions, then use UDP socket to localhost
                     IP address instead.

              •      udp:ip:port, use UDP socket.  With this method it is pos‐
                     sible  to  use  arbitrary  message format also with older
                     rsyslogd.  When sending syslog messages over  UDP  socket
                     extra  precaution needs to be taken into account, for ex‐
                     ample, syslog daemon needs to be configured to listen  on
                     the  specified  UDP port, accidental iptables rules could
                     be interfering with local syslog traffic  and  there  are
                     some  security  considerations that apply to UDP sockets,
                     but do not apply to UNIX domain sockets.

              •      null, discards all messages logged to syslog.

              The default is  taken  from  the  OVS_SYSLOG_METHOD  environment
              variable; if it is unset, the default is libc.

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

       -V
       --version
              Prints version information to the console.

COMMANDS
       The  commands implemented by vtep-ctl are described in the sections be‐
       low.

   Physical Switch Commands
       These commands examine and manipulate physical switches.

       [--may-exist] add-ps pswitch
              Creates a new physical  switch  named  pswitch.   Initially  the
              switch will have no ports.

              Without  --may-exist,  attempting to create a switch that exists
              is an error.  With --may-exist, this  command  does  nothing  if
              pswitch already exists.

       [--if-exists] del-ps pswitch
              Deletes pswitch and all of its ports.

              Without --if-exists, attempting to delete a switch that does not
              exist is an error.  With --if-exists,  attempting  to  delete  a
              switch that does not exist has no effect.

       list-ps
              Lists all existing physical switches on standard output, one per
              line.

       ps-exists pswitch
              Tests whether pswitch exists.  If so,  vtep-ctl  exits  success‐
              fully  with  exit code 0.  If not, vtep-ctl exits unsuccessfully
              with exit code 2.

   Port Commands
       These commands examine and manipulate VTEP physical ports.

       list-ports pswitch
              Lists all of the ports within pswitch on  standard  output,  one
              per line.

       [--may-exist] add-port pswitch port
              Creates on pswitch a new port named port from the network device
              of the same name.

              Without --may-exist, attempting to create a port that exists  is
              an  error.   With --may-exist, this command does nothing if port
              already exists on pswitch.

       [--if-exists] del-port [pswitch] port
              Deletes port.  If pswitch is omitted, port is removed from what‐
              ever switch contains it; if pswitch is specified, it must be the
              switch that contains port.

              Without --if-exists, attempting to delete a port that  does  not
              exist  is  an  error.   With --if-exists, attempting to delete a
              port that does not exist has no effect.

   Logical Switch Commands
       These commands examine and manipulate logical switches.

       [--may-exist] add-ls lswitch
              Creates a new  logical  switch  named  lswitch.   Initially  the
              switch will have no locator bindings.

              Without  --may-exist,  attempting to create a switch that exists
              is an error.  With --may-exist, this  command  does  nothing  if
              lswitch already exists.

       [--if-exists] del-ls lswitch
              Deletes lswitch.

              Without --if-exists, attempting to delete a switch that does not
              exist is an error.  With --if-exists,  attempting  to  delete  a
              switch that does not exist has no effect.

       list-ls
              Lists  all existing logical switches on standard output, one per
              line.

       ls-exists lswitch
              Tests whether lswitch exists.  If so,  vtep-ctl  exits  success‐
              fully  with  exit code 0.  If not, vtep-ctl exits unsuccessfully
              with exit code 2.

       bind-ls pswitch port vlan lswitch
              Bind logical switch lswitch to the port/vlan combination on  the
              physical switch pswitch.

       unbind-ls pswitch port vlan
              Remove the logical switch binding from the port/vlan combination
              on the physical switch pswitch.

       list-bindings pswitch port
              List the logical switch bindings for port on the physical switch
              pswitch.

       set-replication-mode lswitch replication-mode
              Set logical switch lswitch replication mode to replication-mode;
              the only valid values for replication  mode  are  "service_node"
              and "source_node".  For handling L2 broadcast, multicast and un‐
              known unicast traffic, packets can be sent to all members  of  a
              logical  switch referenced by a physical switch.  There are dif‐
              ferent modes to replicate the  packets.   The  default  mode  of
              replication  is to send the traffic to a service node, which can
              be a hypervisor, server or appliance, and let the  service  node
              handle  replication  to  other  transport  nodes (hypervisors or
              other VTEP physical switches).  This mode is called service node
              replication.   An  alternate  mode of replication, called source
              node replication involves the source node sending to  all  other
              transport  nodes.   Hypervisors are always responsible for doing
              their own replication for locally attached VMs  in  both  modes.
              Service node mode is the default, if the replication mode is not
              explicitly set.  Service node replication mode is  considered  a
              basic requirement because it only requires sending the packet to
              a single transport node.

       get-replication-mode lswitch
              Get logical switch lswitch replication  mode.   The  only  valid
              values    for    replication   mode   are   "service_node"   and
              "source_node".  An empty reply for replication  mode  implies  a
              default of "service_node".

   Logical Router Commands
       These commands examine and manipulate logical routers.

       [--may-exist] add-lr lrouter
              Creates a new logical router named lrouter.

              Without  --may-exist,  attempting to create a router that exists
              is an error.  With --may-exist, this  command  does  nothing  if
              lrouter already exists.

       [--if-exists] del-lr lrouter
              Deletes lrouter.

              Without --if-exists, attempting to delete a router that does not
              exist is an error.  With --if-exists,  attempting  to  delete  a
              router that does not exist has no effect.

       list-lr
              Lists  all  existing logical routers on standard output, one per
              line.

       lr-exists lrouter
              Tests whether lrouter exists.  If so,  vtep-ctl  exits  success‐
              fully  with  exit code 0.  If not, vtep-ctl exits unsuccessfully
              with exit code 2.


   Local MAC Binding Commands
       These commands examine and manipulate local MAC bindings for the  logi‐
       cal switch.  The local maps are written by the VTEP to refer to MACs it
       has learned on its physical ports.

       add-ucast-local lswitch mac [encap] ip
              Map the unicast Ethernet address mac to the physical location ip
              using  encapsulation  encap  on lswitch.  If encap is not speci‐
              fied, the default is "vxlan_over_ipv4".  The local mappings  are
              used by the VTEP to refer to MACs learned on its physical ports.

       del-ucast-local lswitch mac
              Remove  the local unicast Ethernet address mac map from lswitch.
              The local mappings are used by the VTEP to refer to MACs learned
              on its physical ports.

       add-mcast-local lswitch mac [encap] ip
              Add  physical location ip using encapsulation encap to the local
              mac binding table for multicast Ethernet address mac on lswitch.
              If  encap  is  not  specified, the default is "vxlan_over_ipv4".
              The local mappings are used by the VTEP to refer to MACs learned
              on its physical ports.

       del-mcast-local lswitch mac [encap] ip
              Remove  physical  location ip using encapsulation encap from the
              local mac binding table for multicast Ethernet  address  mac  on
              lswitch.    If   encap   is   not   specified,  the  default  is
              "vxlan_over_ipv4".  The local mappings are used by the  VTEP  to
              refer to MACs learned on its physical ports.

       clear-local-macs lswitch
              Clear the local MAC bindings for lswitch.

       list-local-macs lswitch
              List the local MAC bindings for lswitch, one per line.

   Remote MAC Binding Commands
       These commands examine and manipulate local and remote MAC bindings for
       the logical switch.  The remote maps are written by the network  virtu‐
       alization controller to refer to MACs that it has learned.

       add-ucast-remote lswitch mac [encap] ip
              Map the unicast Ethernet address mac to the physical location ip
              using encapsulation encap on lswitch.  If encap  is  not  speci‐
              fied, the default is "vxlan_over_ipv4".  The remote mappings are
              used by the network virtualization platform  to  refer  to  MACs
              that it has learned.

       del-ucast-remote lswitch mac
              Remove the remote unicast Ethernet address mac map from lswitch.
              The remote mappings are used by the network virtualization plat‐
              form to refer to MACs that it has learned.

       add-mcast-remote lswitch mac [encap] ip
              Add physical location ip using encapsulation encap to the remote
              mac binding table for multicast Ethernet address mac on lswitch.
              If  encap  is  not  specified, the default is "vxlan_over_ipv4".
              The remote mappings are used by the network virtualization plat‐
              form to refer to MACs that it has learned.

       del-mcast-remote lswitch mac [encap] ip
              Remove  physical  location ip using encapsulation encap from the
              remote mac binding table for multicast Ethernet address  mac  on
              lswitch.    If   encap   is   not   specified,  the  default  is
              "vxlan_over_ipv4".  The remote mappings are used by the  network
              virtualization platform to refer to MACs that it has learned.

       clear-remote-macs lswitch
              Clear the remote MAC bindings for lswitch.

       list-remote-macs lswitch
              List the remote MAC bindings for lswitch, one per line.

   Manager Connectivity
       These  commands  manipulate the managers column in the Global table and
       rows in the Managers table.  When ovsdb-server is configured to use the
       managers  column  for  OVSDB  connections  (as described in the startup
       scripts provided with Open vSwitch), this allows the  administrator  to
       use vtep-ctl to configure database connections.

       get-manager
              Prints the configured manager(s).

       del-manager
              Deletes the configured manager(s).

       set-manager target...
              Sets  the configured manager target or targets.  Each target may
              be an OVSDB active or passive connection method, e.g. pssl:6640,
              as described in ovsdb(7).

   Database Commands
       These commands query and modify the contents of ovsdb tables.  They are
       a slight abstraction of the ovsdb interface and as such they operate at
       a lower level than other vtep-ctl commands.

     Identifying Tables, Records, and Columns

       Each of these commands has a table parameter to identify a table within
       the database.  Many of them also take a record parameter  that  identi‐
       fies  a  particular record within a table.  The record parameter may be
       the UUID for a record, and many tables offer additional ways  to  iden‐
       tify  records.  Some commands also take column parameters that identify
       a particular field within the records in a table.

       The following tables are currently defined:

       Global Top-level configuration for a hardware VTEP.   This  table  con‐
              tains  exactly  one  record,  identified  by specifying . as the
              record name.

       Manager
              Configuration for an OVSDB connection.  Records may  be  identi‐
              fied by target (e.g. tcp:1.2.3.4).

       Physical_Switch
              A  physical switch that implements a VTEP.  Records may be iden‐
              tified by physical switch name.

       Physical_Port
              A port within a physical switch.

       Logical_Binding_Stats
              Reports statistics for the logical switch with which a VLAN on a
              physical port is associated.

       Logical_Switch
              A logical Ethernet switch.  Records may be identified by logical
              switch name.

       Ucast_Macs_Local
              Mapping of locally discovered unicast MAC addresses to tunnels.

       Ucast_Macs_Remote
              Mapping of remotely programmed unicast MAC addresses to tunnels.

       Mcast_Macs_Local
              Mapping of locally discovered multicast MAC  addresses  to  tun‐
              nels.

       Mcast_Macs_Remote
              Mapping  of  remotely programmed multicast MAC addresses to tun‐
              nels.

       Physical_Locator_Set
              A set of one or more physical locators.

       Physical_Locator
              Identifies an endpoint to which logical switch  traffic  may  be
              encapsulated and forwarded.  Records may be identified by physi‐
              cal locator name.

       Record names must be specified in full and with correct capitalization,
       except  that  UUIDs  may  be abbreviated to their first 4 (or more) hex
       digits, as long as that is unique within the table.   Names  of  tables
       and  columns  are  not  case-sensitive,  and - and _ are treated inter‐
       changeably.  Unique abbreviations of table and column names are accept‐
       able, e.g. man or m is sufficient to identify the Manager table.

     Database Values

       Each  column  in  the  database accepts a fixed type of data.  The cur‐
       rently defined basic types, and their representations, are:

       integer
              A decimal integer in the range -2**63 to 2**63-1, inclusive.

       real   A floating-point number.

       Boolean
              True or false, written true or false, respectively.

       string An arbitrary Unicode string, except that null bytes are not  al‐
              lowed.   Quotes are optional for most strings that begin with an
              English letter or underscore and consist only of letters, under‐
              scores,  hyphens,  and  periods.   However,  true  and false and
              strings that match the syntax of UUIDs (see below) must  be  en‐
              closed  in  double  quotes  to distinguish them from other basic
              types.  When double quotes are  used,  the  syntax  is  that  of
              strings  in JSON, e.g. backslashes may be used to escape special
              characters.  The empty string must be represented as a  pair  of
              double quotes ("").

       UUID   Either a universally unique identifier in the style of RFC 4122,
              e.g. f81d4fae-7dec-11d0-a765-00a0c91e6bf6, or an  @name  defined
              by a get or create command within the same vtep-ctl invocation.

       Multiple values in a single column may be separated by spaces or a sin‐
       gle comma.  When multiple values are present, duplicates  are  not  al‐
       lowed,  and  order is not important.  Conversely, some database columns
       can have an empty set of values, represented as [], and square brackets
       may  optionally  enclose other non-empty sets or single values as well.
       For a column accepting a set of integers, database  commands  accept  a
       range.  A  range is represented by two integers separated by -. A range
       is inclusive. A range has a maximum size of 4096 elements. If more ele‐
       ments are needed, they can be specified in seperate ranges.

       A  few  database columns are ``maps'' of key-value pairs, where the key
       and the value are each some fixed database type.  These  are  specified
       in  the  form  key=value, where key and value follow the syntax for the
       column's key type and value type, respectively.   When  multiple  pairs
       are  present  (separated  by spaces or a comma), duplicate keys are not
       allowed, and again the order is not important.   Duplicate  values  are
       allowed.   An empty map is represented as {}.  Curly braces may option‐
       ally enclose non-empty maps as well (but  use  quotes  to  prevent  the
       shell   from  expanding  other-config={0=x,1=y}  into  other-config=0=x
       other-config=1=y, which may not have the desired effect).

     Database Command Syntax

       [--if-exists] [--columns=column[,column]...] list table [record]...
              Lists the data in each specified  record.   If  no  records  are
              specified, lists all the records in table.

              If  --columns  is  specified,  only  the  requested  columns are
              listed, in the specified  order.   Otherwise,  all  columns  are
              listed, in alphabetical order by column name.

              Without --if-exists, it is an error if any specified record does
              not exist.  With --if-exists, the  command  ignores  any  record
              that does not exist, without producing any output.

       [--columns=column[,column]...] find table [column[:key]=value]...
              Lists the data in each record in table whose column equals value
              or, if key is specified, whose column contains a  key  with  the
              specified value.  The following operators may be used where = is
              written in the syntax summary:

              = != gt;>gt; = >gt;>gt;=
                     Selects records in which column[:key]  equals,  does  not
                     equal,  is  less  than,  is greater than, is less than or
                     equal to, or is greater than or equal to  value,  respec‐
                     tively.

                     Consider  column[:key]  and  value  as  sets of elements.
                     Identical sets are considered equal.  Otherwise,  if  the
                     sets  have  different  numbers  of elements, then the set
                     with more elements is considered to  be  larger.   Other‐
                     wise,  consider  a element from each set pairwise, in in‐
                     creasing order within each set.  The first pair that dif‐
                     fers  determines the result.  (For a column that contains
                     key-value pairs, first all the  keys  are  compared,  and
                     values  are considered only if the two sets contain iden‐
                     tical keys.)

              {=} {!=}
                     Test for set equality or inequality, respectively.

              {=}   Selects records in which  column[:key]  is  a  subset  of
                     value.   For  example, flood-vlans{=}1,2 selects records
                     in which the flood-vlans column is the empty set or  con‐
                     tains 1 or 2 or both.

              {}    Selects  records in which column[:key] is a proper subset
                     of value.  For example, flood-vlans{}1,2 selects records
                     in  which the flood-vlans column is the empty set or con‐
                     tains 1 or 2 but not both.

              {>gt;>gt;=} {>gt;>gt;}
                     Same as {=} and {}, respectively, except that the rela‐
                     tionship  is  reversed.   For example, flood-vlans{>gt;>gt;=}1,2
                     selects records in which the flood-vlans column  contains
                     both 1 and 2.

              For arithmetic operators (= != gt;>gt; = >gt;>gt;=), when key is specified
              but a particular record's  column  does  not  contain  key,  the
              record  is always omitted from the results.  Thus, the condition
              other-config:mtu!=1500 matches records that have a mtu key whose
              value is not 1500, but not those that lack an mtu key.

              For  the  set  operators, when key is specified but a particular
              record's column does not contain key,  the  comparison  is  done
              against   an   empty   set.    Thus,  the  condition  other-con
              fig:mtu{!=}1500 matches records that have a mtu key whose  value
              is not 1500 and those that lack an mtu key.

              Don't forget to escape gt;>gt; from interpretation by the shell.

              If  --columns  is  specified,  only  the  requested  columns are
              listed, in the  specified  order.   Otherwise  all  columns  are
              listed, in alphabetical order by column name.

              The UUIDs shown for rows created in the same vtep-ctl invocation
              will be wrong.

       [--if-exists] [--id=@name] get table record [column[:key]]...
              Prints the value of each specified column in the given record in
              table.   For  map columns, a key may optionally be specified, in
              which case the value  associated  with  key  in  the  column  is
              printed, instead of the entire map.

              Without  --if-exists, it is an error if record does not exist or
              key is specified,  if  key  does  not  exist  in  record.   With
              --if-exists, a missing record yields no output and a missing key
              prints a blank line.

              If @name is specified, then the UUID for record may be  referred
              to  by  that  name later in the same vtep-ctl invocation in con‐
              texts where a UUID is expected.

              Both --id and the column arguments are optional, but usually  at
              least  one  or the other should be specified.  If both are omit‐
              ted, then get has no effect except to verify that record  exists
              in table.

              --id and --if-exists cannot be used together.

       [--if-exists] set table record column[:key]=value...
              Sets  the  value of each specified column in the given record in
              table to value.  For map columns, a key may optionally be speci‐
              fied, in which case the value associated with key in that column
              is changed (or added, if none exists),  instead  of  the  entire
              map.

              Without  --if-exists,  it  is an error if record does not exist.
              With --if-exists, this command does nothing if record  does  not
              exist.

       [--if-exists] add table record column [key=]value...
              Adds  the  specified value or key-value pair to column in record
              in table.  If column is a map, then key is  required,  otherwise
              it  is  prohibited.  If key already exists in a map column, then
              the current value is not replaced (use the set  command  to  re‐
              place an existing value).

              Without  --if-exists,  it  is an error if record does not exist.
              With --if-exists, this command does nothing if record  does  not
              exist.

       [--if-exists] remove table record column value...
       [--if-exists] remove table record column key...
       [--if-exists] remove table record column key=value...
              Removes  the  specified values or key-value pairs from column in
              record in table.  The first form applies to columns that are not
              maps: each specified value is removed from the column.  The sec‐
              ond and third forms apply to map columns: if only a key is spec‐
              ified,  then  any  key-value pair with the given key is removed,
              regardless of its value; if a value is given then a pair is  re‐
              moved only if both key and value match.

              It  is not an error if the column does not contain the specified
              key or value or pair.

              Without --if-exists, it is an error if record  does  not  exist.
              With  --if-exists,  this command does nothing if record does not
              exist.

       [--if-exists] clear table record column...
              Sets each column in record in table to the empty  set  or  empty
              map,  as appropriate.  This command applies only to columns that
              are allowed to be empty.

              Without --if-exists, it is an error if record  does  not  exist.
              With  --if-exists,  this command does nothing if record does not
              exist.

       [--id=@name] create table column[:key]=value...
              Creates a new record in table and sets  the  initial  values  of
              each  column.  Columns not explicitly set will receive their de‐
              fault values.  Outputs the UUID of the new row.

              If @name is specified, then the UUID for the new row may be  re‐
              ferred to by that name elsewhere in the same vtep-ctl invocation
              in contexts where a UUID is expected.  Such references may  pre‐
              cede or follow the create command.

              Caution (ovs-vsctl as example)
                     Records in the Open vSwitch database are significant only
                     when they can be reached directly or indirectly from  the
                     Open_vSwitch  table.   Except  for  records in the QoS or
                     Queue tables, records that are  not  reachable  from  the
                     Open_vSwitch  table  are  automatically  deleted from the
                     database.  This  deletion  happens  immediately,  without
                     waiting  for additional ovs-vsctl commands or other data‐
                     base activity.  Thus, a create command must generally  be
                     accompanied   by  additional  commands  within  the  same
                     ovs-vsctl invocation to add a chain of references to  the
                     newly  created  record  from  the  top-level Open_vSwitch
                     record.  The EXAMPLES section gives  some  examples  that
                     show how to do this.

       [--if-exists] destroy table record...
              Deletes each specified record from table.  Unless --if-exists is
              specified, each records must exist.

       --all destroy table
              Deletes all records from the table.

              Caution (ovs-vsctl as example)
                     The destroy command is only useful for records in the QoS
                     or  Queue  tables.  Records in other tables are automati‐
                     cally deleted from the database when they become unreach‐
                     able from the Open_vSwitch table.  This means that delet‐
                     ing the last reference to  a  record  is  sufficient  for
                     deleting the record itself.  For records in these tables,
                     destroy is silently ignored.  See  the  EXAMPLES  section
                     below for more information.

       wait-until table record [column[:key]=value]...
              Waits  until  table  contains a record named record whose column
              equals value or, if key is specified, whose  column  contains  a
              key  with  the  specified value.  Any of the operators !=, gt;>gt;,
              =, or >gt;>gt;= may be substituted for = to test for inequality,  less
              than,  greater  than,  less than or equal to, or greater than or
              equal to, respectively.  (Don't forget to escape gt;>gt; from in‐
              terpretation by the shell.)

              If no column[:key]=value arguments are given, this command waits
              only until record exists.  If more than  one  such  argument  is
              given, the command waits until all of them are satisfied.

              Caution (ovs-vsctl as example)
                     Usually wait-until should be placed at the beginning of a
                     set  of  ovs-vsctl  commands.   For  example,  wait-until
                     bridge  br0  --  get bridge br0 datapath_id waits until a
                     bridge named br0 is created, then prints its  datapath_id
                     column,  whereas get bridge br0 datapath_id -- wait-until
                     bridge br0 will abort if no bridge named br0 exists  when
                     ovs-vsctl initially connects to the database.

              Consider specifying --timeout=0 along with --wait-until, to pre‐
              vent vtep-ctl from terminating after waiting only at most 5 sec‐
              onds.

       comment [arg]...
              This  command  has  no  effect on behavior, but any database log
              record created by the command will include the command  and  its
              arguments.

EXIT STATUS
       0      Successful program execution.

       1      Usage, syntax, or configuration file error.

       2      The  switch argument to ps-exists specified the name of a physi‐
              cal switch that does not exist.

SEE ALSO
       ovsdb-server(1), vtep(5).



Open vSwitch                      March 2013                       vtep-ctl(8)