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CONFIGD(8)                BSD System Manager's Manual               CONFIGD(8)

     configd -- System Configuration Daemon

     configd [-bdv] [-B bundleID] [-V bundleID] [-t bundle-path]

     The configd daemon is responsible for many configuration aspects of the local system.  configd main-tains maintains
     tains data reflecting the desired and current state of the system, provides notifications to applica-tions applications
     tions when this data changes, and hosts a number of configuration agents in the form of loadable bun-dles. bundles.

     Each configuration agent is responsible for a well-defined aspect of configuration management. The
     agents look to one or more input sources (preferences, low-level kernel events, configd notifications,
     etc) and, through a set of policy modules, interacts with the system to establish the desired opera-tional operational
     tional configuration.

     Access to the data maintained by configd is via the SystemConfiguration.framework SCDynamicStore APIs.

     The command line options are as follows:

     -b  Don't actually load any bundles.

     -B bundleID
         Prevents the loading of the bundle with the specified bundleID.

     -d  Run configd in the foreground without forking.  This is useful for debugging.

     -v  Puts configd into verbose mode.  Displays debugging information about bundles as they are being

     -V bundleID
         Turns verbose mode on for the bundle with the specified bundleID.

     -t bundle-path
         Loads only the bundle specified by bundle-path.

     At the present time, the majority of the configuration agents (or bundles) hosted by configd are used
     to establish and maintain the network configuration.  These agents include:

     This bundle is responsible for monitoring kernel events and conveying changes to the network state
     (e.g. link status) to other configuration agents and interested applications.

     This bundle provides a name to each of the system's network interfaces.  The bundle queries the IOKit
     Registry for a list of network devices attached to the system and gives them BSD style names such as

     This agent is responsible for establishing and maintaining IPv4 addresses on the system.  These
     addresses may be manually specified in the network preferences or acquired using DHCP (or BOOTP).

     This agent is responsible for establishing and maintaining IPv6 addresses on the system.

     This agent is responsible for establishing and maintaining the primary network service, the default
     route, the active DNS configuration, and the active network proxies on the system.

     This agent is responsible for establishing and maintaining the media type, media options, and MTU for
     ethernet interfaces.

     This agent is responsible for conveying the network configuration preferences specified by the adminis-trator administrator
     trator to the various configuration agents (IPv4, IPv6, ...).

     This agent is responsible for establishing and maintaining PPP connections on the system.

         Directory of configd bundles

         Default directory for system configuration persistent store files.

         .../preferences.plist               System configuration

         .../NetworkInterfaces.plist         Network interface --> BSD interface mappings

         .../VirtualNetworkInterfaces.plist  Virtual network interface (VLAN) configuration

     Log messages generated by configd and any configuration agents will are sent to the system log daemon
     by syslog(3).  The syslog facility used is LOG_DAEMON.  If the -d option is specified, log messages
     with written to stdout (or stderr if the priority is greater than LOG_NOTICE).

     configd was designed to run without any intervention but if you insist on sending a signal to the dae-mon daemon
     mon then the following are available:

     SIGHUP   This signal, typically used to tell a daemon to reload its configuration, is ignored (there is
              no configuration).

     SIGTERM  This signal initiates a "graceful" shutdown of the daemon.

     scutil(8), scselect(8)

     The configd daemon appeared in Mac OS X Public Beta.

     Unless started with the -d option, configd will register with launchd(8) such that the daemon will be
     restarted in the event of a crash.  This registration will be removed during "graceful" shutdowns of
     the daemon.

     This daemon and its current behavior may change without notice.  Do not rely on its existence or its
     behavior.  Consider it an unsupported command.

Mac OS X                         June 18, 2009                        Mac OS X

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