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ovsdb-server(5) Open vSwitch Manual ovsdb-server(5)


ovsdb-server - _Server database schema

Every ovsdb-server (version 2.9 or later) always hosts an instance of this schema, which holds information on the status and configuration of the server itself. This database is read-only. This manpage describes the schema for this database.


The following list summarizes the purpose of each of the tables in the _Server database. Each table is described in more detail on a later page.


Database TABLE

This table describes the databases hosted by the database server, with one row per database. As its database configuration and status changes, the server automatically and immediately updates the table to match.

The OVSDB protocol specified in RFC 7047 does not provide a way for an OVSDB client to find out about some kinds of configuration changes, such as about databases added or removed while a client is connected to the server, or databases changing between read/write and read-only due to a transition between active and backup roles. This table provides a solution: clients can monitor the table’s contents to find out about important changes.

Traditionally, ovsdb-server disconnects all of its clients when a significant configuration change occurs, because this prompts a well-written client to reassess what is available from the server when it reconnects. Because this table provides an alternative and more efficient way to find out about those changes, OVS 2.9 also introduces the set_db_change_aware RPC, documented in ovsdb-server(7), to allow clients to suppress this disconnection behavior.

When a database is removed from the server, in addition to Database table updates, the server sends canceled messages, as described in RFC 7047 section 4.1.4, in reply to outstanding transactions for the removed database. The server also cancels any outstanding monitoring initiated by monitor or monitor_cond requested on the removed database, sending the monitor_canceled RPC described in ovsdb-server(7). Only clients that disable disconnection with set_db_change_aware receive these messages.

Clients can use the _uuid column in this table as a generation number. The server generates a fresh _uuid every time it adds a database, so that removing and then re-adding a database to the server causes its row _uuid to change.


string, either clustered or standalone
optional string

optional uuid
optional uuid
optional integer


The database’s name, as specified in its schema.
The storage model: standalone for a standalone or active-backup database, clustered for a clustered database.
The database schema, as a JSON string. In the case of a clustered database, this is empty until it finishes joining its cluster.

Clustered Databases:

These columns are most interesting and in some cases only relevant for clustered databases, that is, those where the model column is clustered.

True if the database is connected to its storage. A standalone or active-backup database is always connected. A clustered database is connected if the server is in contact with a majority of its cluster. An unconnected database cannot be modified and its data might be unavailable or stale.
True if the database is the leader in its cluster. For a standalone or active-backup database, this is always true.
The cluster ID for this database, which is the same for all of the servers that host this particular clustered database. For a standalone or active-backup database, this is empty.
The server ID for this database, different for each server that hosts a particular clustered database. A server that hosts more than one clustered database will have a different sid in each one. For a standalone or active-backup database, this is empty.
For a clustered database, the index of the log entry currently exposed to clients. For a given server, this increases monotonically. When a client switches from one server to another in a cluster, it can ensure that it never sees an older snapshot of data by avoiding servers that have index less than the largest value they have already observed.
For a standalone or active-backup database, this is empty.
DB Schema 1.1.0 Open vSwitch 2.15.0