rhsm-icon man page

rhsm-icon — Periodically checks installed products against active subscriptions to check their status.

Synopsis

rhsm-icon [--check-period] [--force-icon=warning|expired|partial] [--check-immediately]

Description

Red Hat provides content updates and support by issuing subscriptions for its products. These subscriptions are applied to systems (machines) and apply to the installed software products.

On graphical X systems (systems with a GUI interface), a product status daemon runs every 4 hours to check the currently installed software against the applied subscriptions. If software is installed without a valid and applied subscription (such as a subscription expires or no subscription is available for the product), then the daemon triggers an icon and warning message to display in the notification area of the menu.

rhsm-icon
only runs on graphical (X-based) systems. Servers which do not have a GUI interface do not run or require the rhsm-icon daemon.

Options

-c, --check-period
Sets the interval to use between checks for the product subscription status. The value is in seconds and the default is one day.
-f, --force-icon=TYPE
Manually displays the given type of icon in the start menu. The TYPE can be warning, expired, or partial and uses a different icon for each type of message.
--i, --check-immediately
Runs the status check process immediately when the command is invoked. Otherwise, there is a four (4) minute delay before running the initial check.
-d, --debug
Shows debug messages for the daemon.

Usage

There are two reasons to invoke rhsm-icon manually:

* To run the daemon on a new schedule (immediately or with a different frequency)

* To view the status icons or messages regardless of the state of the machine

Since X runs the daemon automatically and on schedule, it is not necessary to launch the subscription status daemon manually. The rhsm-icon command can change this schedule. For example:

rhsm-icon --check-period 120

Administrators can also run rhsm-icon to view any immediate changes to the subscription status of the system. Using the --check-immediately option runs the check at the time the command is run; otherwise, running rhsm-icon has a four-minute delay before running the status check.

rhsm-icon --check-immediately

If you just want to know what the different subscription status messages look like, then use the --force-icon option. (Also use the --check-immediately option, or the scan will take the standard four minutes to run and display the icon.)

rhsm-icon --force-icon=warning --check-immediately
rhsm-icon --force-icon=expired --check-immediately
rhsm-icon --force-icon=partial --check-immediately

Bugs

This daemon is part of Red Hat Subscription Manager. To file bugs against this daemon, go to https://bugzilla.redhat.com, and select Red Hat > Red Hat Enterprise Linux > subscription-manager.

Authors

Deon Lackey, <dlackey@redhat.com>, and James Bowes, <jbowes@redhat.com>. rhsm-icon was written by James Bowes.

Info

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