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SYSCTL(8)                             System Administration                             SYSCTL(8)

       sysctl - configure kernel parameters at runtime

       sysctl [options] [variable[=value]] [...]
       sysctl -p [file or regexp] [...]

       sysctl is used to modify kernel parameters at runtime.  The parameters available are those
       listed under /proc/sys/.  Procfs is required for sysctl support in  Linux.   You  can  use
       sysctl to both read and write sysctl data.

              The name of a key to read from.  An example is kernel.ostype.  The '/' separator is
              also accepted in place of a '.'.

              To set a key, use the form variable=value where variable is the key  and  value  is
              the  value  to  set  it  to.   If the value contains quotes or characters which are
              parsed by the shell, you may need to enclose the  value  in  double  quotes.   This
              requires the -w parameter to use.

       -n, --values
              Use this option to disable printing of the key name when printing values.

       -e, --ignore
              Use this option to ignore errors about unknown keys.

       -N, --names
              Use  this  option  to only print the names.  It may be useful with shells that have
              programmable completion.

       -q, --quiet
              Use this option to not display the values set to stdout.

       -w, --write
              Use this option when you want to change a sysctl setting.

       -p[FILE], --load[=FILE]
              Load in sysctl settings from the file specified or /etc/sysctl.conf if none  given.
              Specifying - as filename means reading data from standard input.  Using this option
              will mean arguments to sysctl are files, which are read in the order they are spec-
              ified.  The file argument may be specified as regular expression.

       -a, --all
              Display all values currently available.

              Include deprecated parameters to --all values listing.

       -b, --binary
              Print value without new line.

              Load  settings from all system configuration files. Files are read from directories
              in the following list in given order from top to bottom. Once a  file  of  a  given
              filename is loaded, any file of the same name in subsequent directories is ignored.

       -r, --pattern pattern
              Only  apply settings that match pattern.  The pattern uses extended regular expres-
              sion syntax.

       -A     Alias of -a

       -d     Alias of -h

       -f     Alias of -p

       -X     Alias of -a

       -o     Does nothing, exists for BSD compatibility.

       -x     Does nothing, exists for BSD compatibility.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.

       /sbin/sysctl -a
       /sbin/sysctl -n kernel.hostname
       /sbin/sysctl -w kernel.domainname=""
       /sbin/sysctl -p/etc/sysctl.conf
       /sbin/sysctl -a --pattern forward
       /sbin/sysctl -a --pattern forward$
       /sbin/sysctl -a --pattern 'net.ipv4.conf.(eth|wlan)0.arp'
       /sbin/sysctl --system --pattern '^net.ipv6'

       The base_reachable_time and retrans_time are deprecated.   The  sysctl  command  does  not
       allow  changing  values  of  these  parameters.  Users who insist to use deprecated kernel
       interfaces should push values to /proc file system by other means.  For example:

       echo 256 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/neigh/eth0/base_reachable_time


       sysctl.conf(5) regex(7)

       George Staikos <staikos AT>

       Please send bug reports to <procps AT>

procps-ng                                    Jan 2012                                   SYSCTL(8)

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