View Full Version : Please explain what fw kill fwd does

Barry J. Stiefel
2005-08-13, 13:55
Please explain what fw kill fwd does

fw kill fwd is a command that simply kills the fwd process without having to manually find the process in ps and use the kill command (or worse in NT!). fwd is a process responsible for lots of things depending upon whether the system is a management console, a firewall module, or both. Generally speaking it is less disruptive to kill and restart fwd than it is to stop and start FireWall-1. fwd, while a very important piece of FireWall-1, is not needed for FireWall-1 to filter traffic.

In the NG release, fwd will be automatically restarted within a minute or so by the Check Point watchdog process. It will require manual restarting in FireWall-1 4.1.

Note that in order for fw kill fwd to actually work on Windows in FireWall-1 4.1 and earlier, you must set up the Check Point FireWall-1 Service to run as Administrator. See fw logswitch Does Not Work on Windows (http://www.phoneboy.com/bin/view.pl/FAQs/FwLogswitchFailsOnWindows) for details on how to do this. Restarting fwd on NT requires leaving a command shell running with the new instance of fwd running in the foreground, at least in FireWall-1 4.1 and earlier. It is recommended you simply fwstop and fwstart on Windows instead of using fw kill fwd.

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