systemd-machine-id-setup — Initialize the machine ID in /etc/machine-id
be used by system installer tools to initialize the
machine ID stored in
/etc/machine-id at install time
with a randomly generated ID. See
for more information about this file.
This tool will execute no operation if
/etc/machine-id is already
If a valid D-Bus machine ID is already
configured for the system, the D-Bus machine ID is
copied and used to initialize the machine ID in
If run inside a KVM virtual machine and a UUID
is passed via the
-uuid option, this
UUID is used to initialize the machine ID instead of a
randomly generated one. The caller must ensure that the
UUID passed is sufficiently unique and is different
for every booted instanced of the VM.
Similar, if run inside a Linux container environment and a UUID is set for the container this is used to initialize the machine ID. For details see the documentation of the Container Interface.
The following options are understood:
On success 0 is returned, a non-zero failure code otherwise.