RC.CONF(8)                  System Manager's Manual                 RC.CONF(8)


     rc.conf, rc.conf.local - system daemon configuration database


     The file rc.conf contains a series of variable assignments that are used
     to configure the system daemons.  These variables are read by rc(8) early
     on in the boot sequence and every time an rc.d(8) script is executed.

     It is advisable to leave rc.conf untouched, and instead create and edit a
     new rc.conf.local file or use the rcctl(8) utility.  Since only the last
     assignment to any variable takes effect, variables set in this file
     override variables previously set in rc.conf.

     rc.conf is made up of variable assignments (variable=value) with comments
     designated by a hash mark (`#').

     Base system daemon configuration variables are used to enable and disable
     daemon programs that are installed by default, and to set their command
     line options.

     All of these variables follow the format ``daemon_flags'' where daemon is
     the name of one of the rc.d(8) daemon control scripts.  The list of base
     system daemons, including the information whether they are enabled by
     default, can be displayed with this command:

           grep _flags /etc/rc.conf

     If one of these variables is set to NO, the respective daemon is
     disabled.  If set to the empty string, the daemon is run with the default
     command line arguments defined in its rc.d(8) daemon script, or without
     command line arguments if no such default exists.  If set to any other
     value, including a string containing only a single blank character, the
     daemon is run with those command line arguments.

     Package daemon configuration variables are used to enable and disable
     daemon programs installed from packages(7), and to set their command line

     The special pkg_scripts variable lists rc.d(8) daemon control scripts to
     be started in the specified order.  For each daemon listed, its default
     command line options can optionally be overridden using the variable
     daemon_flags as described above.

     Base system service configuration variables control features available by
     default that are not implemented as daemons.  They can be set to either
     YES or NO.  When set to YES, they have the following effects:

     accounting    rc calls: accton(8) /var/account/acct

     check_quotas  rc calls: quotacheck(8) -a; quotaon(8) -a

     ipsec         rc calls: ipsecctl(8) -f /etc/ipsec.conf

     multicast     See netstart(8).

     pf            rc calls: pfctl(8) -ef /etc/pf.conf

     spamd_black   The script /etc/rc.d/spamd uses -b in front of any other
                   configured command line arguments when running spamd(8) and

     Auxiliary configuration variables mostly determine the locations of
     specific configuration files.  The boot scripts use them as follows:

     amd_master  The amd(8) master map file.  The script /etc/rc.d/amd appends
                 its content to the command line when starting the auto
                 mounter daemon.

     shlib_dirs  Extra shared library search path entries.  rc calls:
                 ldconfig(8) /usr/X11R6/lib /usr/local/lib ${shlib_dirs}


     Do not start the dhcpd(8) daemon when booting the system:


     To run the dhcpd daemon, add the following line to rc.conf.local:


     To start it with some options:

           dhcpd_flags=-A abandoned

     Run /etc/rc.d/messagebus then /etc/rc.d/cupsd with the start argument at
     boot time, and in reverse order with the stop argument at shutdown:

           pkg_scripts=messagebus cupsd

     The default location of the amd(8) master map file is:

           amd_master=/etc/amd/master      # AMD 'master' map


     init(8), intro(8), rc(8), rc.d(8), rcctl(8)


     The rc.conf file first appeared in OpenBSD 2.2.

OpenBSD 5.9                    December 5, 2015                    OpenBSD 5.9

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