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Linux Netlink as an IP Services Protocol

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Network Working Group                                           J. Salim
Request for Comments: 3549                                 Znyx Networks
Category: Informational                                      H. Khosravi
                                                                A. Kleen
                                                            A. Kuznetsov
                                                               July 2003

                Linux Netlink as an IP Services Protocol

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.


   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.

Salim, et. al.               Informational

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