Manipulating the Networking Environment Using RTNETLINK
RTNETLINK is a simple, yet versatile way of manipulating the networking environment of a Linux host. User-space network protocol handlers are ideal candidates for using RTNETLINK. The advanced IP routing command suite, referred to as IPROUTE2, is based on RTNETLINK. More information about the different operations and flags of RTNETLINK can be found at NETLINK(7) and RTNETLINK(7).
The sample code for this article is available at ftp.ssc.com/pub/lj/listings/issue145/8498.tgz.
Asanga Udugama (email@example.com) is a researcher/software developer for ComNets, University of Bremen, Germany. He currently works on implementing and improving the IETF standards for mobility-related network layer protocols. He has a few reference implementations to his credit. At the moment, he is awaiting the arrival of his dream wheelchair (Meyra X3 with Servomatic).
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