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rhnsd - a program for quering the Red Hat Network for updates and information
rhnsd is a daemon process that runs in the background and periodically polls the Red Hat
Network to see if there are any queued actions available. If any are queued, it runs them.
rhnsd is typically started from the init scripts in /etc/init.d/rhnsd when it's time to
poll the Red Hat Network servers for available updates and actions. The default interval
is every 120 minutes. The minimum polling interval is 60 minutes.
To check for updates, rhnsd runs an external program called rhn_check. This is a small
application that actually makes the network connection to Red Hat Networks.
The rhnsd daemon does not listen on any network ports, nor does it ever talk to the net-
work directly. Any network activity is done via the rhn_check utility.
rhnsd can be configure by editing the /etc/sysconfig/rhn/rhnsd config file. This is actu-
ally the configuration file the rhnsd init script /etc/init.d/rhnsd uses.
Specify the interval that rhnsd should wait between checking the Red Hat Network.
Default is 120 minutes, the minimum is 60 minutes. This can also be specified in
output more information about what rhnsd is doing.
force the rhnds process to run in the foreground instead of automatically back-
grounding itself, as it does by default.
Configuration settings for the rhnsd daemons init script.
The external program launched by rhnsd to connect to the Red Hat Network and
retrieve any actions that have queued up.
A certification that authenticates the client machine to the Red Hat Net-
work. Generated via the up2date or rhnreg_ks utility.
The rhnsd daemon is tightly coupled with Red Hat Network. Visit <http://www.red-
hat.com/network> for access or to sign up.
rhn_check(8), up2date(8), up2date-config(8),
Written by Preston Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org> and
Cristian Gafton <email@example.com>
Report bugs to <http://bugzilla.redhat.com>.
Copyright (C) 1999, 2000 Red Hat, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO war-
ranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
4th Berkeley Distribution Fri Feb 9 2001 UP2DATE(8)
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