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Section: 5 (Format de fichier)


instances.conf - zorp(8) instances database


The instances.conf file describes the zorp(5) instances to be run on this system.

It is processed by zorpctl(8) line by line, where each line has the structure described below. Empty lines and lines beginning with '#' are comments and are ignored by zorpctl.


instance-name parameters [-- zorpctl-options]

instance-name is the name of the Zorp instance to be started, it is passed to zorp with its --as parameter. Instance names may consist of the characters [a-zA-Z0-9_] and must begin with a letter.

parameters are space separated parameters directly inserted to the zorp command-line. For zorp command-line parameters check out zorp(8).

zorpctl-options are space separated parameters processed by zorpctl itself. These control startup specific options. The following zorpctl options are defined:

--auto-restart or -A
Enable the automatic restart feature of zorpctl. When an instance is in auto-restart mode, it is restarted automatically in case the instance exits.
--no-auto-restart or -a
Disable automatic restart for this instance.
--fd-limit <number> or -f
Set the file descriptor limit as specified by <number>, the fd limit defaults to the number of threads (specified by --threads) multiplied by 4.
--process-limit <number> or -p
Set the process limit as specified by <number>, the process limit defaults to the number of theads (specified by --threads) multiplied by 2.
Explicitly enable core dumps for Zorp processes, the core limit is inherited from the local starting environment (e.g. starting shell) if not specified.


zorp_ftp --policy /etc/zorp/ --verbose=5

The line above describes a zorp instance named zorp_ftp using policy file /etc/zorp/, and having verbosity level 5.

zorp_intra -v4 -p /etc/zorp/ --threads 500 -- --no-auto-restart --fd-limit 1024 --process-limit 512

This line described a zorp instance named zorp_intra using the policy file /etc/zorp/, verbose level 4, maximum number of threads 500, fd limit 1024, process limit 512.


The default location for instances.conf is /etc/zorp/instances.conf.

Defaults for zorpctl tunables can be specified in /etc/zorp/zorpctl


This manual page was written by Balázs Scheidler <>.