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[bug-inetutils] Re: route

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: [bug-inetutils] Re: route
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2008 06:49:19 -0400

Richard, would it be OK if we license libroute under GPLv3+?  libroute
depends on libnl which is LGPLv2 only, and GNOME would like to use it
in a program licensed under GPLv2+.

rishi, do you have the email address of the maintainer for libnl? 

   >   NetworkManager is important because it is one program which
   >   will benefit from libroute. NetworkManager is very much Linux
   >   kernel specific, and does not run on *BSD. libroute can fix
   >   that and the FreeBSD and NetworkManager folks are enthusiastic
   >   about it.
   > Have you discussed this with the NetworkManager and FreeBSD
   > people?  What did they say?

   They consider this a worthwhile endeavour. NetworkManager would
   need a portable libifconfig if it is to become completely
   portable. I am not yet working on libifconfig, but I believe
   Inetutils can provide that.  Our current ifconfig implementation
   can be suitable reworked with libnl (ie. PF_NETLINK actually) on
   Linux and PF_ROUTE on *BSDs to achieve this. I have read these
   methods are better than the older ioctl ways of doing things and
   the respective kernel people prefer them.

That sounds interesting.  Could you post a proposal on how this might

   Firstly I never kept everyone in the dark. As I said, I did mention
   this in passing to you on IRC. I remember that a few people were
   quite suprised to know that NetworkManager is Linux-kernel

Maybe you did, I do not remeber. You should have brought this up on
the maling list in either case.

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