watchdog - Software and/or Hardware watchdog daemon

Property Value
Distribution CentOS 6
Repository CentOS i386
Package filename watchdog-5.6-5.el6.i686.rpm
Package name watchdog
Package version 5.6
Package release 5.el6
Package architecture i686
Package type rpm
Category System Environment/Daemons
License GPL+
Maintainer -
Download size 65.90 KB
Installed size 123.78 KB
The watchdog program can be used as a powerful software watchdog daemon
or may be alternately used with a hardware watchdog device such as the
IPMI hardware watchdog driver interface to a resident Baseboard
Management Controller (BMC).  watchdog periodically writes to /dev/watchdog;
the interval between writes to /dev/watchdog is configurable through settings
in the watchdog sysconfig file.  This configuration file is also used to
set the watchdog to be used as a hardware watchdog instead of its default
software watchdog operation.  In either case, if the device is open but not
written to within the configured time period, the watchdog timer expiration
will trigger a machine reboot. When operating as a software watchdog, the
ability to reboot will depend on the state of the machine and interrupts.
When operating as a hardware watchdog, the machine will experience a hard
reset (or whatever action was configured to be taken upon watchdog timer
expiration) initiated by the BMC.


Package Version Architecture Repository
watchdog-5.6-5.el6.x86_64.rpm 5.6 x86_64 CentOS
watchdog - - -


Name Value
/sbin/chkconfig -
/sbin/service - -
rtld(GNU_HASH) -


Name Value
config(watchdog) = 5.6-5.el6
watchdog = 5.6-5.el6
watchdog(x86-32) = 5.6-5.el6


Type URL
Binary Package watchdog-5.6-5.el6.i686.rpm
Source Package watchdog-5.6-5.el6.src.rpm

Install Howto

Install watchdog rpm package:

# yum install watchdog




2015-10-22 - Tomas Smetana <> - 5.6-5
- Fix initscript: suppress unnecessary [OK]
- Resolves: rhbz#1263040
2014-10-13 - Ales Ledvinka <> - 5.6-4
- With no value provided for watchdog-timeout do not attempt
to set it. Avoid conflict with custom module parameter.
- Resolves: rhbz#1099604
2013-08-08 - Richard W.M. Jones <> - 5.6-2
- Rename README.Fedora to README.RHEL on RHEL.
2013-08-06 - Richard W.M. Jones <> - 5.6-1
- Rebase to 5.6 (the same version as RHEL 5)
Resolves: rhbz#870217
2011-02-03 - Richard W.M. Jones <> - 5.5-10
- Import watchdog initscript from Rawhide, includes some LSB-compliance
Resolves: rhbz#584701
2011-01-25 - Lon Hohberger <> - 5.5-9
- Add man page information on test-directory
Resolves: rhbz#657750
2011-01-24 - Lon Hohberger <> - 5.5-8
- Add watchdog.d handling
This makes the scripts in /etc/watchdog.d behave slightly differently
Add test-directory to configuration file
Log which binaries fail
Resolves: rhbz#657750
2010-01-29 - Richard W.M. Jones <> - 5.5-7.1
- Import Fedora Rawhide package (includes fixed Source0 URL).
2010-01-13 - Richard W.M. Jones <> - 5.5-7
- Fix Source0 URL.
2009-07-27 - Fedora Release Engineering <> - 5.5-6
- Rebuilt for

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