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A software watchdog

The watchdog program writes to /dev/watchdog every ten seconds. If the device is open but not written to within a minute the machine will reboot -- a feature available when "software watchdog" support is compiled into the kernel.

The ability to reboot will depend on the state of the machine and interrupts. To use this software, linux 1.3.52 or later is needed.

Package version:3.3-1.1


Watchdog is a daemon that checks if your system is still working. If
programs in user space are not longer executed it will reboot the system.
However, this will not always work.

From the kernel:

>	Watchdog Timer Interfaces For The Linux Operating System
>		Alan Cox <>
>	    Custom Linux Driver And Program Development
>All four interfaces provide /dev/watch


The code for temperature checking is NOT tested yet. I do not have a
hardware watchdog. The system is correctly halted on error -3, though.

As usual feedback is welcome.



This is the Debian GNU/Linux prepackaged version of watchdog.

This package was put together by Michael Meskes <>
using the example driver given in the kernel.

further Information:

* see /usr/src/linux/Documentation/watchdog.txt

Michael Meskes <> Wed Jan  15 11:36:42 +0100 1997


I'd like to provide better scripts with watchdog. So if you use your own
script/binary to test the s


WATCHDOG(8)                                              WATCHDOG(8)

       watchdog - a sof


watchdog (3.3-1.1) frozen unstable; urgency=medium

  * Non-maintainer release
  * Fix typo in /etc/


Fri Feb 23 13:26:14 MET 1996

	- Watchdog 1.0 released.

Tue Mar  5 09:11:34 MET 1996

	- Fixed two 


This is the Debian GNU/Linux prepackaged version of watchdog.
Watchdog was written by Michael Meskes

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