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       #include <asm/types.h>
       #include <linux/netlink.h>
       #include <linux/rtnetlink.h>
       #include <sys/socket.h>

       rtnetlink_socket  =  socket(PF_NETLINK,  int  socket_type,


       Rtnetlink allows the kernel's routing tables  to  be  read
       and  altered.  It is used within the kernel to communicate
       between various subsystems, though this usage is not docu­
       mented  here,  and  for communication with user-space pro­
       grams.  Network routes,  ip  addresses,  link  parameters,
       neighbour  setups,  queueing  disciplines, traffic classes
       and packet  classifiers  may  all  be  controlled  through
       NETLINK_ROUTE  sockets.   It is based on netlink messages,
       see netlink(7) for more information.


       Some rtnetlink messages have optional attributes after the
       initial header:

       struct rtattr
           unsigned short rta_len;     /* Length of option */
           unsigned short rta_type;    /* Type of option */
           /* Data follows */

       These  attributes  should  be  only  manipulated using the
       RTA_* macros or libnetlink, see rtnetlink(3).


       Rtnetlink consists of these message types (in addition  to
       standard netlink messages):

              Create,  remove or get information about a specific
              network interface.  These messages contain an ifin­
              fomsg  structure  followed  by  a  series of rtattr

              struct ifinfomsg
                  unsigned char  ifi_family;  /* AF_UNSPEC */
                  unsigned short ifi_type;    /* Device type */

              IFLA_UNSPEC          -                  unspecified.
              IFLA_ADDRESS         hardware address   interface L2 address
              IFLA_BROADCAST       hardware address   L2 broadcast address.
              IFLA_IFNAME          asciiz string      Device name.
              IFLA_MTU             unsigned int       MTU of the device.
              IFLA_LINK            int                Link type.
              IFLA_QDISC           asciiz string      Queueing discipline.
              IFLA_STATS           struct             Interface Statistics.

       RTM_NEWADDR,                                  RTM_DELADDR,
              Add,  remove  or  receive  information  about an IP
              address associated with an interface. In Linux  2.2
              an  interface can carry multiple IP addresses, this
              replaces the alias device concept in 2.0. In  Linux
              2.2 these messages support IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
              They contain  an  ifaddrmsg  structure,  optionally
              followed by rtaddr routing attributes.

              struct ifaddrmsg
                  unsigned char  ifa_family;  /* Address type */
                  unsigned char  ifa_prefixlen;/* Prefixlength of the address */
                  unsigned char  ifa_flags;   /* Address flags */
                  unsigned char  ifa_scope;   /* Address scope */
                  int            ifa_index;   /* Interface index   */

              ifa_family  is  the  address family type (currently
              AF_INET or AF_INET6), ifa_prefixlen is  the  length
              of  the  address mask of the address if defined for
              the  family  (like  for  IPv4),  ifa_scope  is  the
              address  scope, ifa_index is the interface index of
              the  interface  the  address  is  associated  with.
              ifa_flags  is  a  flag  word of IFA_F_SECONDARY for
              secondary address (old alias interface), IFA_F_PER­
              MANENT  for a permanent address set by the user and
              other undocumented flags.

              rta_type        value type             description
              IFA_UNSPEC      -                      unspecified.
              IFA_ADDRESS     raw protocol address   interface address
              IFA_LOCAL       raw protocol address   local address
              IFA_LABEL       asciiz string          name of the interface
              IFA_BROADCAST   raw protocol address   broadcast address.
              IFA_ANYCAST     raw protocol address   anycast address
              IFA_CACHEINFO   struct ifa_cacheinfo   Address information.

                  unsigned char  rtm_dst_len; /* Length of source */
                  unsigned char  rtm_src_len; /* Length of destination */
                  unsigned char  rtm_tos;     /* TOS filter */

                  unsigned char  rtm_table;   /* Routing table id */
                  unsigned char  rtm_protocol;/* Routing protocol; see below */
                  unsigned char  rtm_scope;   /* See below */
                  unsigned char  rtm_type;    /* See below */

                  unsigned int   rtm_flags;

              rtm_type          Route type
              RTN_UNSPEC        unknown route
              RTN_UNICAST       a gateway or direct route
              RTN_LOCAL         a local interface route
              RTN_BROADCAST     a  local  broadcast  route  (sent  as  a
              RTN_ANYCAST       a local broadcast route (sent as a  uni­
              RTN_MULTICAST     a multicast route
              RTN_BLACKHOLE     a packet dropping route
              RTN_UNREACHABLE   an unreachable destination
              RTN_PROHIBIT      a packet rejection route
              RTN_THROW         continue routing lookup in another table
              RTN_NAT           a network address translation rule
              RTN_XRESOLVE      refer   to  an  external  resolver  (not

              rtm_protocol      Route origin.
              RTPROT_UNSPEC     unknown
              RTPROT_REDIRECT   by  an  ICMP  redirect
                                (currently unused)
              RTPROT_KERNEL     by the kernel
              RTPROT_BOOT       during boot
              RTPROT_STATIC     by the administrator

              Values  larger  than  RTPROT_STATIC  are not inter­
              preted by the kernel, they are just for user infor­
              mation.   They  may  be used to tag the source of a
              routing information or to distingush between multi­
              ple  routing  daemons.  See <linux/rtnetlink.h> for
              the routing daemon identifiers  which  are  already

              rtm_scope is the distance to the destination:

              RT_SCOPE_UNIVERSE   global route
              RT_SCOPE_SITE       interior   route  in  the
                                  local autonomous system

              rtm_table specifies the routing table

              RT_TABLE_UNSPEC    an unspecified routing table
              RT_TABLE_DEFAULT   the default table
              RT_TABLE_MAIN      the main table
              RT_TABLE_LOCAL     the local table

              The  user  may  assign  arbitary   values   between

              rta_type        value type         description
              RTA_UNSPEC      -                  ignored.
              RTA_DST         protocol address   Route destination address.
              RTA_SRC         protocol address   Route source address.
              RTA_IIF         int                Input interface index.
              RTA_OIF         int                Output interface index.
              RTA_GATEWAY     protocol address   The gateway of the route
              RTA_PRIORITY    int                Priority of route.
              RTA_METRICS     int                Route metric

              Fill these values in!

              Add,  remove  or receive information about a neigh­
              bour table entry (e.g. an ARP entry).  The  message
              contains an ndmsg structure.

              struct ndmsg
                  unsigned char  ndm_family;
                  int            ndm_ifindex; /* Interface index */
                  __u16          ndm_state;   /* State */
                  __u8           ndm_flags;   /* Flags */
                  __u8           ndm_type;

              struct nda_cacheinfo
                  __u32          ndm_confirmed;
                  __u32          ndm_used;
                  __u32          ndm_updated;
                  __u32          ndm_refcnt;

              ndm_state is a bitmask of the following states:
              NTF_ROUTER   an IPv6 router

              document the members of the struct better

              The  rtaddr  struct  has the following meanings for
              the rta_type field:

              NDA_UNSPEC      unknown type
              NDA_DST         a neighbour cache network layer destination address
              NDA_LLADDR      a neighbour cache link layer address
              NDA_CACHEINFO   cache statistics.

              If the  rta_type  field  is  NDA_CACHEINFO  then  a
              struct nda_cacheinfo header follows

              Add,  delete  or retrieve a routing rule. Carries a
              struct rtmsg

              Add, remove or get a queueing discipline.  The mes­
              sage contains a struct tcmsg and may be followed by
              a series of attributes.

              struct tcmsg
                  unsigned char  tcm_family;
                  int            tcm_ifindex; /* interface index */
                  __u32          tcm_handle;  /* Qdisc handle */
                  __u32          tcm_parent;  /* Parent qdisc */
                  __u32          tcm_info;

              rta_type      value type            Description
              TCA_UNSPEC    -                     unspecified
              TCA_KIND      asciiz string         Name of queueing discipline
              TCA_OPTIONS   byte sequence         Qdisc specific options follow
              TCA_STATS     struct tc_stats       Qdisc statistics.
              TCA_XSTATS    qdisc specific        Module specific statistics.
              TCA_RATE      struct tc_estimator   Rate limit.

              In addition various  other  qdisc  module  specific
              attributes  are  allowed.  For more information see
              the appropriate include files.

              Add, remove or get a traffic class.  These messages
              contain a struct tcmsg as described above.


Linux Man Page              1999-04-30               RTNETLINK(7)



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