RFC 3493 (rfc3493) - Page 1 of 39

Basic Socket Interface Extensions for IPv6

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Network Working Group                                        R. Gilligan
Request for Comments: 3493                                Intransa, Inc.
Obsoletes: 2553                                               S. Thomson
Category: Informational                                            Cisco
                                                                J. Bound
                                                               J. McCann
                                                              W. Stevens
                                                           February 2003

               Basic Socket Interface Extensions for IPv6

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003).  All Rights Reserved.


   The de facto standard Application Program Interface (API) for TCP/IP
   applications is the "sockets" interface.  Although this API was
   developed for Unix in the early 1980s it has also been implemented on
   a wide variety of non-Unix systems.  TCP/IP applications written
   using the sockets API have in the past enjoyed a high degree of
   portability and we would like the same portability with IPv6
   applications.  But changes are required to the sockets API to support
   IPv6 and this memo describes these changes.  These include a new
   socket address structure to carry IPv6 addresses, new address
   conversion functions, and some new socket options.  These extensions
   are designed to provide access to the basic IPv6 features required by
   TCP and UDP applications, including multicasting, while introducing a
   minimum of change into the system and providing complete
   compatibility for existing IPv4 applications.  Additional extensions
   for advanced IPv6 features (raw sockets and access to the IPv6
   extension headers) are defined in another document.

Gilligan, et al.             Informational

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