tipc-link(8) show links or modify link properties


tipc link set { priority PRIORITY | tolerance TOLERANCE | window WINDOW } link LINK

tipc link get { priority | tolerance | window } link LINK

tipc link statistics { show [ link LINK ] | reset link LINK }

tipc link list


Options (flags) that can be passed anywhere in the command chain.
-h, --help
Show help about last valid command. For example tipc link --help will show link help and tipc --help will show general help. The position of the option in the string is irrelevant.


Link statistics

ACTIVE link state

An ACTIVE link is serving traffic. Two links to the same node can become ACTIVE if they have the same link priority. If there is more than two links with the same priority the additional links will be put in STANDBY state.

STANDBY link state

A STANDBY link has lower link priority than an ACTIVE link. A STANDBY link has control traffic flowing and is ready to take over should the ACTIVE link(s) go down.


The Maximum Transmission Unit. The two endpoints advertise their default or configured MTU at initial link setup and will agree to use the lower of the two values should they differ.


The total amount of transmitted or received TIPC packets on a link. Including fragmented and bundled packets.


Represented in the form fragments/fragmented. Where fragmented is the amount of data messages which have been broken into fragments. Subsequently the fragments are the total amount of packets that the fragmented messages has been broken into.


Represented in the form bundles/bundled. If a link becomes congested the link will attempt to bundle data from small bundled packets into bundles of full MTU size packets before they are transmitted.


Shows the average packet size in octets/bytes for a sample of packets. It also shows the packet size distribution of the sampled packets in the intervals

0-64 bytes
64-256 bytes
256-1024 bytes
1024-4096 bytes
4096-16384 bytes
16384-32768 bytes
32768-66000 bytes

Message counters

states - Number of link state messages

probes - Link state messages with probe flag set. Typically sent when a link is idle

nacks - Number of negative acknowledgement (NACK) packets sent and received by the link

defs - Number of packets received out of order

dups - Number of duplicate packets received

Congestion link
The number of times an application has tried to send data when the TIPC link was congested

Send queue
Max is the maximum amount of messages that has resided in the out queue during the statistics collection period of a link.

Avg is the average outqueue size during the lifetime of a link.

Link properties


The priority between logical TIPC links to a particular node. Link priority can range from 0 (lowest) to 31 (highest).


Link tolerance specifies the maximum time in milliseconds that TIPC will allow a communication problem to exist before taking the link down. The default value is 1500 milliseconds.


The link window controls how many unacknowledged messages a link endpoint can have in its transmit queue before TIPC's congestion control mechanism is activated.


Exit status is 0 if command was successful or a positive integer upon failure.


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