ovsdb-client(1)               Open vSwitch Manual              ovsdb-client(1)

       ovsdb-client - command-line interface to ovsdb-server(1)

       Server-Level Commands:
              ovsdb-client [options] list-dbs [server]

       Database Schema Commands:
              ovsdb-client [options] get-schema [server] [database]
              ovsdb-client [options] list-tables [server] [database]
              ovsdb-client [options] list-columns [server] [database] [table]

       Database Version Management Commands:
              ovsdb-client [options] convert [server] schema
              ovsdb-client [options] needs-conversion [server] schema
              ovsdb-client [options] get-schema-version [server] [database]

       Data Management Commands:
              ovsdb-client [options] transact [server] transaction
              ovsdb-client [options] query [server] transaction
              ovsdb-client  [options]  dump  [server]  [database] [table [col‐
              ovsdb-client [options] backup [server] [database] > snapshot
              ovsdb-client [options] [--force] restore [server]  [database]  <
              ovsdb-client  [options]  monitor [server] [database] table [col‐
              ovsdb-client [options] monitor [server] [database] ALL
              ovsdb-client [options] monitor-cond [server]  [database]  condi‐
              tions table [column[,column]...]...
              ovsdb-client  [options]  monitor-cond-since  [server] [database]
              [last-id] conditions table [column[,column]...]...
              ovsdb-client [options] wait [server] database state

       Testing Commands:
              ovsdb-client [options] lock [server] lock
              ovsdb-client [options] steal [server] lock
              ovsdb-client [options] unlock [server] lock

       Other Commands:
              ovsdb-client help

       Cluster Options:

       Output formatting options:
              [--format=format]  [--data=format]  [--no-headings]   [--pretty]
              [--bare] [--timestamp]

       Daemon options:
              [--pidfile[=pidfile]]      [--overwrite-pidfile]      [--detach]
              [--no-chdir] [--no-self-confinement]

       Logging options:

       Public key infrastructure options:

       SSL connection options:

       Replay options:
              [--record[=directory]] [--replay[=directory]]

       Common options:
              [-h | --help] [-V | --version]

       The ovsdb-client program is a command-line client for interacting  with
       a running ovsdb-server process.  Each command connects to the specified
       OVSDB server, which may  be  an  OVSDB  active  or  passive  connection
       method,  as described in ovsdb(7).  The default server is unix:/usr/lo‐
       cal/var/run/openvswitch/db.sock   and   the   default    database    is

       ovsdb-client  supports the method1,method2,...,methodN syntax described
       in ovsdb(7) for connecting to a cluster.  When  this  syntax  is  used,
       ovsdb-client  tries  the cluster members in random order until it finds
       the cluster leader.  Specify the --no-leader-only option to instead ac‐
       cept any server that is connected to the cluster.

       For  an  introduction  to OVSDB and its implementation in Open vSwitch,
       see ovsdb(7).

       The following sections describe the  commands  that  ovsdb-client  sup‐

   Server-Level Commands
       Most  ovsdb-client commands work with an individual database, but these
       commands apply to an entire database server.

       list-dbs [server]
              Connects to server, retrieves the list of known  databases,  and
              prints  them  one  per  line.  These database names are the ones
              that other commands may use for database.

   Database Schema Commands
       These commands obtain the schema from a database and print it  or  part
       of it.

       get-schema [server] [database]
              Connects  to  server,  retrieves  the  schema  for database, and
              prints it in JSON format.

       list-tables [server] [database]
              Connects to server,  retrieves  the  schema  for  database,  and
              prints  a  table listing the name of each table within the data‐

       list-columns [server] [database] table
              Connects to server,  retrieves  the  schema  for  database,  and
              prints a table listing the name and type of each column.  If ta‐
              ble is specified, only columns in that table are listed;  other‐
              wise, the tables include columns in all tables.

   Database Version Management Commands
       An  OVSDB schema has a schema version number, and an OVSDB database em‐
       beds a particular version of an OVSDB schema.   These  version  numbers
       take the form x.y.z, e.g. 1.2.3.  The OVSDB implementation does not en‐
       force a particular version numbering scheme, but schemas managed within
       the  Open  vSwitch  project  use  the following approach.  Whenever the
       database schema is changed  in  a  non-backward  compatible  way  (e.g.
       deleting  a column or a table), x is incremented (and y and z are reset
       to 0).  When the database schema is changed in  a  backward  compatible
       way (e.g. adding a new column), y is incremented (and z is reset to 0).
       When the database schema is changed cosmetically (e.g. reindenting  its
       syntax), z is incremented.

       Some OVSDB databases and schemas, especially very old ones, do not have
       a version number.

       Schema version numbers and Open vSwitch version  numbers  are  indepen‐

       These  commands work with different versions of OVSDB schemas and data‐

       convert [server] schema
              Reads an OVSDB schema in JSON format, as specified in the  OVSDB
              specification, from schema, then connects to server and requests
              the server to convert the database whose name  is  specified  in
              schema to the schema also specified in schema.

              The  conversion  is  atomic,  consistent, isolated, and durable.
              Following the schema change, the server  notifies  clients  that
              use  the  set_db_change_aware RPC introduced in Open vSwitch 2.9
              and cancels their outstanding transactions  and  monitors.   The
              server  disconnects  other  clients, enabling them to notice the
              change when they reconnect.

              This command can do simple ``upgrades'' and ``downgrades'' on  a
              database's  schema.  The data in the database must be valid when
              interpreted under schema, with only one exception: data for  ta‐
              bles  and columns that do not exist in schema are ignored.  Col‐
              umns that exist in schema but not in the  database  are  set  to
              their  default  values.   All  of  schema's constraints apply in

              Some uses of this command can  cause  unrecoverable  data  loss.
              For  example,  converting  a  database  from a schema that has a
              given column or table to one that does not will delete all  data
              in that column or table.  Back up critical databases before con‐
              verting them.

              This command works  with  clustered  and  standalone  databases.
              Standalone  databases  may  also  be  converted  (offline)  with
              ovsdb-tool's convert command.

       needs-conversion [server] schema
              Reads the schema from schema, then connects to  server  and  re‐
              quests  the  schema from the database whose name is specified in
              schema.  If the two schemas are the same, prints no  on  stdout;
              if they differ, prints yes.

       get-schema-version [server] [database]
              Connects  to  server,  retrieves  the  schema  for database, and
              prints its version number on stdout.  If  database  was  created
              before schema versioning was introduced, then it will not have a
              version number and this command will print a blank line.

       get-schema-cksum [server] [database]
              Connects to server,  retrieves  the  schema  for  database,  and
              prints  its  checksum on stdout.  If database does not include a
              checksum, prints a blank line.

   Data Management Commands
       These commands read or modify the data in a database.

       transact [server] transaction
              Connects to server, sends it the  specified  transaction,  which
              must  be  a  JSON  array  appropriate for use as the params to a
              JSON-RPC transact request, and prints the received reply on std‐

       query [server] transaction
              This  commands  acts  like  a read-only version of transact.  It
              connects to server, sends it the  specified  transaction,  which
              must  be  a  JSON  array  appropriate for use as the params to a
              JSON-RPC transact request, and prints the received reply on std‐
              out.   To  ensure that the transaction does not modify the data‐
              base, this command appends an abort operation to the set of  op‐
              erations  included in transaction before sending it to the data‐
              base, and then removes the abort result from the reply (if it is

       dump [server] [database] [table [column...]]
              Connects  to  server, retrieves all of the data in database, and
              prints it on stdout as a series of tables. If  table  is  speci‐
              fied,  only  that table is retrieved.  If at least one column is
              specified, only those columns are retrieved.

       backup [server] [database] > snapshot
              Connects to server, retrieves a snapshot of the schema and  data
              in  database,  and  prints  it  on stdout in the format used for
              OVSDB standalone and active-backup databases.  This is an appro‐
              priate  way  to back up any remote database.  The database snap‐
              shot that it outputs is suitable to be  served  up  directly  by
              ovsdb-server or used as the input to ovsdb-client restore.

              Another way to back up a standalone or active-backup database is
              to copy its database file, e.g. with cp.  This is safe  even  if
              the database is in use.

              The  output  does not include ephemeral columns, which by design
              do not survive across restarts of ovsdb-server.

       [--force] restore [server] [database] < snapshot
              Reads snapshot, which must be  a  OVSDB  standalone  or  active-
              backup   database  (possibly  but  not  necessarily  created  by
              ovsdb-client backup).  Then, connects to server,  verifies  that
              database  and snapshot have the same schema, then deletes all of
              the data in database and replaces it by snapshot.  The  replace‐
              ment happens atomically, in a single transaction.

              UUIDs  for  rows in the restored database will differ from those
              in snapshot, because the OVSDB protocol does not  allow  clients
              to  specify  row  UUIDs.  Another way to restore a standalone or
              active-backup database, which does also restore row UUIDs, is to
              stop  the  server  or  servers, replace the database file by the
              snapshot, then restart the database.  Either way, ephemeral col‐
              umns  are  not  restored,  since  by  design they do not survive
              across restarts of ovsdb-server.

              Normally restore exits  with  a  failure  if  snapshot  and  the
              server's database have different schemas.  In such a case, it is
              a good idea to convert the database to  the  new  schema  before
              restoring,  e.g. with ovsdb-client convert.  Use --force to pro‐
              ceed regardless of schema differences even  though  the  restore
              might fail with an error or succeed with surprising results.

       monitor [server] [database] table [column[,column]...]...
       monitor-cond   [server]   [database]   conditions  table  [column[,col‐
       monitor-cond-since [server] [database] [last-id] conditions table [col‐
              Connects  to server and monitors the contents of rows that match
              conditions in table in database. By default,  the  initial  con‐
              tents  of  table  are printed, followed by each change as it oc‐
              curs.  If conditions empty, all rows will be  monitored.  If  at
              least one column is specified, only those columns are monitored.
              The following column names have special meanings:

                     Do not print the initial contents of the  specified  col‐

                     Do not print newly inserted rows.

                     Do not print deleted rows.

                     Do not print modifications to existing rows.

              Multiple  [column[,column]...]  groups may be specified as sepa‐
              rate arguments, e.g. to apply different reporting parameters  to
              each  group.   Whether multiple groups or only a single group is
              specified, any given column may only be mentioned  once  on  the
              command line.

              conditions is a JSON array of <condition> as defined in RFC 7047
              5.1 with the following change: A condition can be either a 3-el‐
              ement JSON array as described in the RFC or a boolean value.

              If   --detach  is  used  with  monitor,  monitor-cond  or  moni‐
              tor-cond-since, then ovsdb-client detaches after it has success‐
              fully received and printed the initial contents of table.

              The  monitor  command  uses  RFC 7047 "monitor" method to open a
              monitor session with the  server.  The  monitor-cond  and  moni‐
              tor-cond-since  commandls uses RFC 7047 extension "monitor_cond"
              and "monitor_cond_since" methods. See  ovsdb-server(1)  for  de‐

       monitor [server] [database] ALL
              Connects  to  server  and monitors the contents of all tables in
              database.  Prints initial values and all kinds of changes to all
              columns   in   the   database.    The   --detach  option  causes
              ovsdb-client to detach after it successfully receives and prints
              the initial database contents.

              The  monitor  command  uses  RFC 7047 "monitor" method to open a
              monitor session with the server.

       wait [server] database state
              Waits for database on server to enter a desired state, which may
              be one of:

              added  Waits until a database with the given name has been added
                     to server.

                     Waits until a database with the given name has been added
                     to  server.  Then, if database is clustered, additionally
                     waits until it has joined and connected to its cluster.

                     Waits until database has been removed from  the  database
                     server.   This can also be used to wait for a database to
                     complete leaving its cluster,  because  ovsdb-server  re‐
                     moves a database at that point.

              database  is mandatory for this command because it is often used
              to check for databases that have  not  yet  been  added  to  the
              server,  so  that  the ovsdb-client semantics of acting on a de‐
              fault database do not work.

              This command acts on a particular  database  server,  not  on  a
              cluster, so server must name a single server, not a comma-delim‐
              ited list of servers.

   Testing commands
       These commands are mostly of interest for testing  the  correctness  of
       the OVSDB server.

       lock [server] lock
       steal [server] lock
       unlock [server] lock
              Connects to server and issues corresponding RFC 7047 lock opera‐
              tions on lock. Prints json reply or subsequent update  messages.
              The  --detach option causes ovsdb-client to detach after it suc‐
              cessfully receives and prints the initial reply.

              When running with the --detach option, lock, steal,  unlock  and
              exit  commands  can  be issued by using ovs-appctl. exit command
              causes the ovsdb-client to close its ovsdb-server connection be‐
              fore  exit.   The lock, steal and unlock commands can be used to
              issue additional lock operations over the same ovsdb-server con‐
              nection.  All  above commands take a single lock argument, which
              does not have to be the  same  as  the  lock  that  ovsdb-client
              started with.

   Output Formatting Options
       Much  of  the  output  from ovsdb-client is in the form of tables.  The
       following options controlling output formatting:

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

              table (default)
                     2-D text tables with aligned columns.

              list   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:

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

                            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
              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.

              This option suppresses the heading row that otherwise appears in
              the first row of table output.

              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.

              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.

              For  the  monitor, monitor-cond and monitor-cond-since commands,
              add a timestamp to each table update.  Most output  formats  add
              the  timestamp  on  a line of its own just above the table.  The
              JSON output format puts the timestamp in a member  of  the  top-
              level JSON object named time.

              Limits  ovsdb-client  runtime to approximately secs seconds.  If
              the timeout expires, ovsdb-client will exit with a SIGALRM  sig‐

   Daemon Options
       The  daemon  options  apply only to the monitor, monitor-cond and moni‐
       tor-cond-since commands.  With any other command, they have no effect.

       The following options are valid on POSIX based platforms.

              Causes a file (by default, ovsdb-client.pid) to be created indi‐
              cating  the PID of the running process.  If the pidfile argument
              is not specified, or if it does not begin with  /,  then  it  is
              created in /usr/local/var/run/openvswitch.

              If --pidfile is not specified, no pidfile is created.

              By  default,  when --pidfile is specified and the specified pid‐
              file  already  exists  and  is  locked  by  a  running  process,
              ovsdb-client  refuses  to start.  Specify --overwrite-pidfile to
              cause it to instead overwrite the pidfile.

              When --pidfile is not specified, this option has no effect.

              Runs ovsdb-client as a background process.  The  process  forks,
              and  in  the  child it starts a new session, closes the standard
              file descriptors (which has the side effect of disabling logging
              to  the  console), and changes its current directory to the root
              (unless --no-chdir is specified).  After the child completes its
              initialization, the parent exits.

              Creates  an  additional process to monitor the ovsdb-client dae‐
              mon.  If the daemon dies due to a signal that indicates  a  pro‐
              gramming  error  (SIGABRT, SIGALRM, SIGBUS, SIGFPE, SIGILL, SIG‐
              PIPE, SIGSEGV, SIGXCPU, or SIGXFSZ)  then  the  monitor  process
              starts  a  new  copy of it.  If the daemon dies or exits for an‐
              other reason, the monitor process exits.

              This option is normally used with --detach, but  it  also  func‐
              tions without it.

              By default, when --detach is specified, ovsdb-client changes its
              current working directory to the root  directory  after  it  de‐
              taches.  Otherwise, invoking ovsdb-client from a carelessly cho‐
              sen directory would prevent the  administrator  from  unmounting
              the file system that holds that directory.

              Specifying   --no-chdir  suppresses  this  behavior,  preventing
              ovsdb-client from changing its current working directory.   This
              may  be useful for collecting core files, since it is common be‐
              havior to write core dumps into the  current  working  directory
              and the root directory is not a good directory to use.

              This option has no effect when --detach is not specified.

              By  default  daemon will try to self-confine itself to work with
              files under well-known directories determined during build.   It
              is  better  to  stick  with this default behavior and not to use
              this flag unless some other Access Control is  used  to  confine
              daemon.  Note that in contrast to other access control implemen‐
              tations that are typically enforced from kernel-space (e.g.  DAC
              or  MAC), self-confinement is imposed from the user-space daemon
              itself and hence should not be considered as a full  confinement
              strategy, but instead should be viewed as an additional layer of

       --user Causes ovsdb-client to run as  a  different  user  specified  in
              "user:group",  thus  dropping most of the root privileges. Short
              forms "user" and ":group" are also allowed, with current user or
              group are assumed respectively. Only daemons started by the root
              user accepts this argument.

              On   Linux,   daemons   will   be   granted   CAP_IPC_LOCK   and
              CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICES  before  dropping root privileges. Daemons
              that interact with a datapath, such  as  ovs-vswitchd,  will  be
              granted  three  additional  capabilities,  namely CAP_NET_ADMIN,
              CAP_NET_BROADCAST and CAP_NET_RAW.  The capability  change  will
              apply even if the new user is root.

              On Windows, this option is not currently supported. For security
              reasons, specifying this option will cause  the  daemon  process
              not to start.

   Logging Options
              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,  ovsdb-client
                     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‐

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

              Sets  the  maximum logging verbosity level, equivalent to --ver‐

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

              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.

              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  /usr/local/var/log/open‐

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

              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.

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

       -c 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
              Specifies   a  PEM  file  containing  the  CA  certificate  that
              ovsdb-client 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

       -C 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.

              When cacert.pem exists, this option has the same effect as -C or
              --ca-cert.  If it does not exist, then ovsdb-client 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.

   SSL Connection Options
              Specifies, in a comma- or space-delimited list, the  SSL  proto‐
              cols  ovsdb-client  will  enable for SSL connections.  Supported
              protocols include TLSv1, TLSv1.1, and  TLSv1.2.   Regardless  of
              order, the highest protocol supported by both sides will be cho‐
              sen when making the connection.  The default when this option is
              omitted is TLSv1,TLSv1.1,TLSv1.2.

              Specifies,   in   OpenSSL  cipher  string  format,  the  ciphers
              ovsdb-client will support for SSL connections.  The default when
              this option is omitted is HIGH:!aNULL:!MD5.

   Other Options
              Sets  the  process  in "recording" mode, in which it will record
              all the connections, data from streams (Unix domain and  network
              sockets)  and some other important necessary bits, so they could
              be replayed later.  Recorded data is stored in replay  files  in
              specified  directory.  If directory does not begin with /, it is
              interpreted as relative to  /usr/local/var/run/openvswitch.   If
              directory  is not specified, /usr/local/var/run/openvswitch will
              be used.

              Sets the process in "replay" mode, in which it will read  infor‐
              mation  about  connections,  data  from streams (Unix domain and
              network sockets) and some other necessary bits directly from re‐
              play files instead of using real sockets.  Replay files from the
              directory will be used.  If directory does not begin with /,  it
              is  interpreted  as  relative to /usr/local/var/run/openvswitch.
              If directory is  not  specified,  /usr/local/var/run/openvswitch
              will be used.

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

              Prints version information to the console.

       ovsdb(7), ovsdb-server(1), ovsdb-client(1).

Open vSwitch                         3.3.0                     ovsdb-client(1)