CONMAND(8) ConMan: The Console Manager CONMAND(8)NAME
conmand - ConMan daemon
conmand is the daemon responsible for managing consoles defined by its
configuration file as well as listening for connections from clients.
Specify a configuration file, overriding the default location
-F Run the daemon in the foreground.
-h Display a summary of the command-line options.
-k Send a SIGTERM to the conmand process associated with the speci‐
fied configuration, thereby killing the daemon. Returns 0 if
the daemon was successfully signaled; otherwise, returns 1.
-L Display license information.
Specify the port on which conmand will listen for clients, over‐
riding both the default port  and the port specified in
the configuration file.
-q Displays the PID of the conmand process associated with the
specified configuration if it appears active. Returns 0 if the
configuration appears active; otherwise, returns 1.
-r Send a SIGHUP to the conmand process associated with the speci‐
fied configuration, thereby re-opening both that daemon's log
file and individual console log files. Returns 0 if the daemon
was successfully signaled; otherwise, returns 1.
-v Enable verbose mode.
-V Display version information.
-z Truncate both the daemon's log file and individual console log
files at start-up.
SIGHUP Close and re-open both the daemon's log file and the indi‐
vidual console log files. Conversion specifiers within
filenames will be re-evaluated. This is useful for logro‐
SIGTERM Terminate the daemon.
Connections to the server are not authenticated, and communications
between client and server are not encrypted. When time allows, this
will be addressed in a future release. Until then, the recommendation
is to bind the server's listen socket to the loopback address (by spec‐
ifying "server loopback=on" in conman.conf) and restrict access to the
Log messages are sent to standard-error until after the configuration
file has been read, at which time future messages are discarded unless
either the logfile or syslog keyword has been specified (cf., con‐
If the configuration file is modified while the daemon is running and a
pidfile was not originally specified, the '-k' and '-r' options may be
unable to identify the daemon process; consequently, the appropriate
signal may need to be sent to the daemon manually.
The number of consoles that can be simultaneously managed is limited by
the maximum number of file descriptors a process can have open. The
daemon sets its "nofile" soft limit to the maximum/hard limit. If you
are encountering "too many open files" errors, you may need to increase
the "nofile" hard limit.
Chris Dunlap <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright (C) 2007-2011 Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC.
Copyright (C) 2001-2007 The Regents of the University of California.
ConMan is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free
Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.
SEE ALSOconman(1), conman.conf(5).
conman-0.2.7 2011-04-21 CONMAND(8)