PIM6SD(8) System Manager's Manual PIM6SD(8)

PIM for IPv6 sparse mode daemon

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pim6sd is an IPv6 multicast routing daemon, which supports PIMv2(Protocol Independent Multicast Version 2) sparse mode and SSM(Source-Specific-Multicast) for IPv6.
Options supported by pim6sd:
Specify debug levels. Use -d all to enable all debug levels. A subset of the messages to be printed out can be specified as arguments of the option, separate levels with comma -- no space. Valid debug levels are:
mld_proto, mld_timer, mld_member, mld, switch, trace, mtrace, traceroute,
timeout, callout, pkt, packets, interfaces, vif, kernel, cache, mfc,
k_cache, k_mfc, rsrr, pim_detail, pim_hello, pim_neighbors, pim_register,
registers, pim_join_prune, pim_j_p, pim_jp, pim_bootstrap, pim_bsr, bsr,
bootstrap, pim_asserts, pim_cand_rp, pim_c_rp, pim_rp, rp, pim_routes,
pim_routing, pim_mrt, pim_timers, pim_rpf, rpf, pim, routes, routing,
mrt, routers, mrouters, neighbors, timers, asserts
Specify alternate location for configuration file. By default, /etc/pim6sd.conf is used.
Print a help message and exit.
Do not become daemon, run in foreground. This option is for when started by service monitors like systemd or Finit.
pim6sd automatically configures itself to forward on all multicast-capable interfaces, i.e., interfaces that have the IFF_MULTICAST flag set (excluding the "loopback interface" and interaces that do not have an IPv6 address). To override the default configuration, configuration commands may be placed in /etc/pim6sd.conf (or an alternative file, specified by the ‘-f FILE’ option).
If the multicast group address is within SSM-range (ff20::/12 and ff30::/12), pim6sd will behave as an SSM routing daemon; speaking MLDv2 toward hosts and uses only Shortest Path Tree for these multicast addresses. Note that pim6sd ignores interfaces that do not have an IPv6 address. Such interfaces should not appear in the configuration file.
The pim6sd program dumps its current routing information to a dump file when it receives a SIGUSR1 signal. The information includes a list of PIM neighbors, pim6sd internal multicast routing table, and BSR and RP related information. Also, the program dumps its internal statistics to a file when it receives a SIGINFO signal.
When pim6sd receives a SIGHUP signal it restarts and rereads its configuration file. The SIGUSR2 signal can also be used, but that also reset the debug level.
The log level can be configured by the -d command line option or the configuration file.

The default configuration file
The file to which pim6sd dumps its internal status
The file to which pim6sd dumps its internal statistics

Reload the configuration file and restart
Dump internal status to the dump file

daemon(3), pim6sd.conf(5)

The pim6sd command is developed by Mickael Hoerdt at LSIIT Laboratory. It is based on IPv4 PIM sparse-mode pimd developed at University of Southern California, which has also been derived from mrouted. mrouted is COPYRIGHT 1989 by The Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University.

pim6sd does not contain any unicast routing engine, so a unicast routing daemon needs to run on the system.
The kernel unicast routing table is periodically polled by pim6sd in order to follow changes of existing unicast routes.
pim6sd must be used on an IPv6 router. Be sure to set net.inet6.ip6.forwarding variable to 1 with sysctl(8).
pim6sd requires the node running the daemon to have an IPv6 global address.
pim6sd does not work properly when interface is dynamically added or deleted (e.g. ifconfig gif0 create).
June 10, 1999 KAME