[arch-dev-public] New package in extra: watchdog

Eric Bélanger snowmaniscool at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 20:37:12 EDT 2009

On Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 7:27 PM, Thomas Bächler <thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:
> The watchdog package contains two daemons: wd_keepalive and watchdog.
> They both connect to /dev/watchdog and send keepalives to the kernel
> watchdog driver, which in turn sends them to the watchdog chip. Once it
> stops doing so, the watchdog chip will shut down or reboot the machine. The
> kernel also has a software watchdog driver, but that will not detect if the
> kernel itself locks up completely.
> Also, the watchdog daemon can monitor network, system load and other things
> and will reboot the machine under certain conditions.
> The package is in AUR, but doesn't have too many votes. However, Dan was
> planning to use this in gerolde (which we really should do) and thus it
> should be an extra package. Opinions?

No objections here. If we are to use it on gerolde (doing it would be
a good idea) then it makes sense to have it in extra.

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