RC.CONF(8) OpenBSD System Manager's Manual RC.CONF(8)
rc.conf, rc.conf.local - system daemon configuration database
The file rc.conf contains a series of Bourne shell syntax assignments
that are used to configure the system daemons. It is not read by the
kernel, but is sourced by various other files in the /etc/rc.* series in
order to set shell variables used therein to control the behaviour of the
It is advisable to leave rc.conf untouched, and instead create and edit a
new rc.conf.local file. Variables set in this file will override
variables previously set in rc.conf.
Some variables are used to turn features on or off. For example, whether
the system runs the dhcpd(8) daemon is determined by the following line:
dhcpd_flags=NO # for normal use: ""
To run the dhcpd daemon, add the following line to rc.conf.local:
dhcpd_flags="" # for normal use: ""
If instead some options are specified, then the dhcpd daemon will be
started with those options. For example:
dhcpd_flags="-A abandoned" # for normal use: ""
Other variables specify a simple YES or NO, or simply determine the
location of a file. For example, the location of the ruleset for pf(4)
is given thus:
pf_rules=/etc/pf.conf # Packet filter rules file
Finally there is the pkg_scripts variable, responsible for starting and
stopping rc.d(8) scripts installed by packages in the specified order.
This will run /etc/rc.d/dbus_daemon then /etc/rc.d/cupsd with the start
argument at boot time, and in reverse order with the stop argument at
init(8), intro(8), rc(8), rc.d(8)
The rc.conf file first appeared in OpenBSD 2.2.
OpenBSD 5.4 March 17, 2012 OpenBSD 5.4
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