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RWHOD(8)										 RWHOD(8)

NAME
       rwhod - system status server

SYNOPSIS
       /usr/sbin/rwhod

DESCRIPTION
       Rwhod  is  the server which maintains the database used by the rwho(1) and ruptime(1) pro-
       grams.  Its operation is predicated on the ability to broadcast messages on a network.

       Rwhod operates as both a producer and consumer of status information.  As  a  producer  of
       information it periodically queries the state of the system and constructs status messages
       which are broadcast on a network.  As a consumer of  information,  it  listens  for  other
       rwhod  servers'	status	messages, validating them, then recording them in a collection of
       files located in the directory /usr/spool/rwho.

       The server transmits and receives messages at the port indicated in the	``rwho''  service
       specification; see services(5).	The messages sent and received, are of the form:

       struct	 outmp {
	    char out_line[8];/* tty name */
	    char out_name[8];/* user id */
	    long out_time;/* time on */
       };

       struct	 whod {
	    char wd_vers;
	    char wd_type;
	    char wd_fill[2];
	    int  wd_sendtime;
	    int  wd_recvtime;
	    char wd_hostname[32];
	    int  wd_loadav[3];
	    int  wd_boottime;
	    struct    whoent {
		 structoutmp we_utmp;
		 int  we_idle;
	    } wd_we[1024 / sizeof (struct whoent)];
       };

       All  fields  are converted to network byte order prior to transmission.	The load averages
       are as calculated by the w(1) program, and represent load averages over the 5, 10, and  15
       minute  intervals  prior to a server's transmission; they are multiplied by 100 for repre-
       sentation in an integer.  The host name included is that returned  by  the  gethostname(2)
       system  call,  with any trailing domain name omitted.  The array at the end of the message
       contains information about the users logged in to the sending machine.	This  information
       includes  the  contents	of  the utmp(5) entry for each non-idle terminal line and a value
       indicating the time in seconds since a character was last received on the terminal line.

       Messages received by the rwho server are discarded  unless  they  originated  at  an  rwho
       server's port.  In addition, if the host's name, as specified in the message, contains any
       unprintable ASCII characters, the message is discarded.	Valid messages received by  rwhod
       are  placed  in	files  named whod.hostname in the directory /usr/spool/rwho.  These files
       contain only the most recent message, in the format described above.

       Status messages are generated approximately once  every	3  minutes.   Rwhod  performs  an
       nlist(3)  on  /vmunix  every 30 minutes to guard against the possibility that this file is
       not the system image currently operating.

SEE ALSO
       rwho(1), ruptime(1)

BUGS
       There should be a way to relay status information between  networks.   Status  information
       should  be  sent  only  upon request rather than continuously.  People often interpret the
       server dying or network communtication failures as a machine going down.

4.2 Berkeley Distribution		November 16, 1996				 RWHOD(8)
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