ZEBRA(8) Version 0.97.3 ZEBRA(8)
zebra - a routing manager for use with associated Quagga components.
zebra [ -bdhklrv ] [ -f config-file ] [ -i pid-file ] [ -P port-number ] [ -A vty-address
] [ -u user ] [ -g group ]
zebra is a routing manager that implements the zebra route engine. zebra supports RIPv1,
RIPv2, RIPng, OSPF, OSPF6, IS-IS, BGP4+, and BGP4-.
Options available for the zebra command:
Runs in batch mode, zebra parses its config and exits.
Runs in daemon mode, forking and exiting from tty.
-f, --config-file config-file
Specifies the config file to use for startup. If not specified this option will
likely default to /usr/local/etc/zebra.conf.
-g, --group group
Specify the group to run as. Default is quagga.
A brief message.
-i, --pid_file pid-file
When zebra starts its process identifier is written to pid-file. The init system
uses the recorded PID to stop or restart zebra. The likely default is
On startup, don't delete self inserted routes.
Turn verbose logging on.
-P, --vty_port port-number
Specify the port that the zebra VTY will listen on. This defaults to 2602, as spec-
ified in /etc/services.
-A, --vty_addr vty-address
Specify the address that the zebra VTY will listen on. Default is all interfaces.
-u, --user user
Specify the user to run as. Default is quagga.
When the program terminates, retain routes added by zebra.
-s, --nl-bufsize netlink-buffer-size
Set netlink receive buffer size. There are cases where zebra daemon can't handle
flood of netlink messages from kernel. If you ever see "recvmsg overrun" messages
in zebra log, you are in trouble.
Solution is to increase receive buffer of netlink socket. Note that kernel doesn't
allow to increase it over maximum value defined in /proc/sys/net/core/rmem_max. If
you want to do it, you have to increase maximum before starting zebra.
Note that this affects Linux only.
Print the version and exit.
The default location of the zebra binary.
The default location of the zebra config file.
If the zebra process is config'd to output logs to a file, then you will find this
file in the directory where you started zebra.
This man page is intended to be a quick reference for command line options. The definitive
document is the Info file Quagga.
The zebra process may log to standard output, to a VTY, to a log file, or through syslog
to the system logs. zebra supports many debugging options, see the Info file, or the
source for details.
bgpd(8), ripd(8), ripngd(8), ospfd(8), ospf6d(8), isisd(8), vtysh(1)
zebra eats bugs for breakfast. If you have food for the maintainers try
See http://www.zebra.org and http://www.quagga.org or the Info file for an accurate list
Zebra daemon 25 November 2004 ZEBRA(8)