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RFC 3549 on Linux Netlink as an IP Services Protocol




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        RFC 3549

        Title:      Linux Netlink as an IP Services Protocol
        Author(s):  J. Salim, H. Khosravi, A. Kleen, A. Kuznetsov
        Status:     Informational
        Date:       July 2003
        Mailbox:    hadi@znyx.com, hormuzd.m.khosravi@intel.com,
                    ak@suse.de, kuznet@ms2.inr.ac.ru
        Pages:      33
        Characters: 72161
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:  None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-forces-netlink-04.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3549.txt


This document describes Linux Netlink, which is used in Linux both
as an intra-kernel messaging system as well as between kernel and
user space.  The focus of this document is to describe Netlink's
functionality as a protocol between a Forwarding Engine Component
(FEC) and a Control Plane Component (CPC), the two components that
define an IP service.  As a result of this focus, this document
ignores other uses of Netlink, including its use as a intra-kernel
messaging system, as an inter-process communication scheme (IPC), or
as a configuration tool for other non-networking or non-IP network
services (such as decnet, etc.).

This document is intended as informational in the context of prior art
for the ForCES IETF working group.

This document is a product of the Forwarding and Control Element
Separation Working Group of the IETF.

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Joyce K. Reynolds and Sandy Ginoza
USC/Information Sciences Institute

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