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[bug-inetutils] Netlink

From: Hisham Kotry
Subject: [bug-inetutils] Netlink
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2003 06:34:45 -0800 (PST)


I've been working on a new network stack
implementation for the GNU Hurd. Lately I've had the
idea of using Linux's Netlink[1] for configuration,
it's decent, well thought, effecient, about to hit the
standard status (as part of the ForCES framework) and
much much better than ioctl()s.
But for configuration that meant we'd have to either
wrap ioctl() calls to netlink messages in glibc or
port inetutils's ifconfig to use netlink. When I
talked about this with Jeff he said something about
moving ifconfig to use netlink on linux, when
available, (that should work for the Hurd too without
any code changes). So, Is anybody interested in
working on this? I'd be really glad to help with it,
otherwise I'll put it at the end of my TODO list.
Maybe add an arp and route implementation to the list
at a later stage. The netlink messages for the former
two are small and easy to do, but the latter isn't,
actually it could be troublesome.

Inshort, is anyone willing to give netlink a shot?

[1] Netlink as an IP Services Protocol:

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