wackamole - IP-failover high-availability tool
wackamole [-v] [-c config_file ] [ -s spread ] [-u user ] [ -d ]
wackamole runs the Wackamole IP-failover HA tool using the
wackamole.conf file as a base configuration.
-v Display version information and exit.
-d Turn on debugging and do not daemonize.
Instruct wackamole to use user instread of Wack<pid> as it’s
username when connecting to Spread.
Connect to Spread running at spread_loc
Use an alternate configuration file config-file instead of
The default config file location is dependant on the install
prefix. ./wackamole.conf is also searched if a local file is
By default, Wackamole will log any errors to syslog. Check the
appropriate log desitnation on your platform.
Linux Wackamole makes extensive use of ioctl()s on network devices.
When dropping and interface such as eth0:4, all subsequent
interfaces (eth0:5, etc.) will disappear and no longer function.
There has been special code added that causes Wackamole on Linux
to iterate through all IP addresses after a balancing round and
attempt to re-plumb them. This may cause gratuitous entries to
syslog as well as extra unsolicited ARP responses.
Solaris’ local arp-cache is, as far as the author is aware,
completely undocumented. The code in Wackamole to open /dev/ip
and attempt to read the ARP cache was written only by looking at
the output of truss arp -an and should be considered a "stab in
Yair Amir <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ryan Caudy <email@example.com>
Aashima Munjal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Theo Schlossnagle <email@example.com>