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Net::DNS::SEC::Tools::rollmgr − Communicate with the DNSSEC−Tools rollover manager.


  use Net::DNS::SEC::Tools::rollmgr;
  $dir = rollmgr_dir();
  $idfile = rollmgr_idfile();
  $id = rollmgr_getid();
  $runflag = rollmgr_running();
  ($cmd,$data) = rollmgr_getcmd();
  $ret = rollmgr_verifycmd($cmd);
  ($retcode, $respmsg) = rollmgr_getresp();
  $descr = rollmgr_get_phase('KSK', $phasecnt);


The Net::DNS::SEC::Tools::rollmgr module provides standard, platform-independent methods for a program to communicate with DNSSEC−Tools’ rollerd rollover manager. There are two interface classes described here: general interfaces and communications interfaces.


The interfaces to the Net::DNS::SEC::Tools::rollmgr module are given below.

This routine returns rollerd’s directory.


This routine returns rollerd’s id file.


This routine returns rollerd’s process id. If a non-zero value is passed as an argument, the id file will be left open and accessible through the PIDFILE file handle. See the WARNINGS section below.

Return Values:

    On success, the first portion of the file contents
        (up to 80 characters) is returned.
    −1 is returned if the id file does not exist.


This interface ensures that another instance of rollerd is not running and then creates a id file for future reference.

Return Values:

    1 − the id file was successfully created for this process
    0 − another process is already acting as rollerd
   −1 − unable to create the id file


This interface deletes rollerd’s id file.

Return Values:

     1 − the id file was successfully deleted
     0 − no id file exists
    −1 − the calling process is not rollerd
    −2 − unable to delete the id file


This routine informs rollerd that a command has been sent via rollmgr_sendcmd().

Return Values:

    −1 − an invalid process id was found for rollerd
    Anything else indicates the number of processes that were
    (This should only ever be 1.)


This routine determines if rollerd is running and returns a value indicating the status.

Return Values:

     1 − rollerd is running.
     0 − The process listed in the rollerd process id file
         is not running.
    −1 − Unable to get the rollerd process id.


This routine informs rollerd to shut down.

In the current implementation, the return code from the kill() command is returned.

    −1 − an invalid process id was found for rollerd
    Anything else indicates the number of processes that were
    (This should only ever be 1.)


This routine sets the phase-message length. of phase-related log messages used by rollerd. The valid levels are "long" and "short", with "long" being the default value.

The long message length means that a phase description will be included with some log messages. For example, the long form of a message about ZSK rollover phase 3 will look like this: " ZSK phase 3 (Waiting for old zone data to expire from caches)".

The short message length means that a phase description will not be included with some log messages. For example, the short form of a message about ZSK rollover phase 3 will look like this: " ZSK phase 3".

Return Values:

     1 − the phase−message length was set
     0 − an invalid phase−message length was specified



This interface sets up a persistent channel for communications with rollerd. If serverflag is true, then the server’s side of the channel is created. If serverflag is false, then the client’s side of the channel is created.

Currently, the connection may only be made to the localhost. This may be changed to allow remote connections, if this is found to be needed.

rollmgr_queuecmd(cmdname, value)

This interface internally remembers a command and it’s optional value for later processing. See the rollmgr_getcmd() next for further details.


rollmgr_getcmd() processes commands that need to be dealt with. If there are any internally stored commands queued via the rollmgr_queuecmd() function, they are dealt with first. After that it retrieves a command sent over rollerd’s communications channel by a client program. The command and the command’s data are sent in each message.

The command and the command’s data are returned to the caller.


rollmgr_sendcmd() sends a command to rollerd. The command must be one of the commands from the table below. This interface creates a communications channel to rollerd and sends the message. The channel is not closed, in case the caller wants to receive a response from rollerd.

The available commands and their required data are:

   command              data            purpose
   −−−−−−−              −−−−            −−−−−−−
   ROLLCMD_DISPLAY      1/0             start/stop rollerd's
                                        graphical display
   ROLLCMD_DSPUB        zone−name       a DS record has been
   ROLLCMD_DSPUBALL     none            DS records published for all
                                        zones in KSK rollover phase 6
   ROLLCMD_GETSTATUS    none            currently unused
   ROLLCMD_LOGFILE      log filename    change the log file
   ROLLCMD_LOGLEVEL     log level       set a new logging level
   ROLLCMD_LOGMSG       log message     add a message to the log
   ROLLCMD_LOGTZ        timezone        set timezone for log messages
   ROLLCMD_MERGERRFS    rollrec files   merge rollrec files with the
                                        current rollrec file
   ROLLCMD_PHASEMSG     long/short      set long or short phase
   ROLLCMD_QUEUELIST    none            returns the names and next
                                        event time of zones in the
                                        "soon queue
   ROLLCMD_QUEUESTATUS  none            returns information about
                                        the state of soon−queue
   ROLLCMD_ROLLALL      none            resume rollover for all
                                        suspended zones
   ROLLCMD_ROLLALLZSKS  none            force all zones to start
                                        ZSK rollover
   ROLLCMD_ROLLKSK      zone−name       force a zone to start
                                        KSK rollover
   ROLLCMD_ROLLREC      rollrec−name    change rollerd's rollrec file
   ROLLCMD_ROLLZONE     zone name       restart rollover for a
                                        suspended zone
   ROLLCMD_ROLLZSK      zone−name       force a zone to start
                                        ZSK rollover
   ROLLCMD_RUNQUEUE     none            rollerd runs through
                                        its queue
   ROLLCMD_SHUTDOWN     none            stop rollerd
   ROLLCMD_SKIPALL      none            suspend all rollovers
   ROLLCMD_SKIPZONE     zone name       suspend rollover for a
                                        rolling zone
   ROLLCMD_SLEEPTIME    seconds−count   set rollerd's sleep time
   ROLLCMD_SPLITRRF     rollrec−name,   move a set of zones from the
                        zone names      current rollrec file into a
                                        new rollrec file
   ROLLCMD_STATUS       none            get status of rollerd
   ROLLCMD_ZONELOG      zone name       set the logging level for
                        logging level   a particular zone
   ROLLCMD_ZONESTATUS   none            get status of the zones
   ROLLCMD_ZSARGS       zonesigner args add a (probably temporary)
                        zone list       set of options to the signing
                                        of a set of zones

The data aren’t checked for validity by rollmgr_sendcmd(); validity checking is a responsibility of rollerd.

If the caller does not need a response from rollerd, then closeflag should be set to CHANNEL_CLOSE ; if a response is required then closeflag should be CHANNEL_WAIT . These values are boolean values, and the constants aren’t required.

On success, 1 is returned. If an invalid command is given, 0 is returned.


After executing a client command sent via rollmgr_sendcmd(), rollerd will send a response to the client. rollmgr_getresp() allows the client to retrieve the response.

A return code and a response string are returned, in that order. Both are specific to the command sent.


rollmgr_verifycmd() verifies that cmd is a valid command for rollerd. 1 is returned for a valid command; 0 is returned for an invalid command.

1 is returned for a valid command; 0 is returned for an invalid command.

rollmgr_get_phase(phasetype, phasenum)

rollmgr_get_phase() returns a description of a particular phase for a particular type of rollover. phasetype specifies the type of rollover, and may be " KSK " or " ZSK ". phasenum specifies the phase number whose description is desired. This must be an integer between 0 and 7 ( KSK ) or 0 and 4 ( ZSK ). If an invalid phase type or phase number is specified, an empty string is returned.


1. rollmgr_getid() attempts to exclusively lock the id file. Set a timer if this matters to you.

2. rollmgr_getid() has a nice little race condition. We should lock the file prior to opening it, but we can’t do so without it being open.


Copyright 2005−2011 SPARTA , Inc. All rights reserved. See the COPYING file included with the DNSSEC-Tools package for details.


Wayne Morrison, tewok AT users DOT sourceforge DOT net