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SubjectRe: [RFC] ip / ifconfig redesign

On Fri, 2 Dec 2005, Al Boldi wrote:

> The current ip / ifconfig configuration is arcane and inflexible. The reason
> being, that they are based on design principles inherited from the last
> century.
> In a GNU/OpenSource environment, OpenMinds should not inhibit themselves
> achieving new design-goals to enable a flexible non-redundant configuration.
> Specifically, '#> ip addr ' exhibits this issue clearly, by requiring to
> associate the address to a link instead of the other way around.
> Consider this new approach for better address management:
> 1. Allow the definition of an address pool
> 2. Relate links to addresses
> 3. Implement to make things backward-compatible.
> The obvious benefit here, would be the transparent ability for apps to bind
> to addresses, regardless of the link existence.

A link needs to exist for it to have an address.

> Another benefit includes the ability to scale the link level transparently,
> regardless of the application bind state.

That doesn't make any sense. Multiple applications can bind to the
same address. Then can't bind to the same port because they won't
get all their data.

> And there may be many other benefits... (i.e. 100% OSI compliance)
What does Open Source Initiative have to do with this at all???
You are just spewing stuff out.

> --
> Al

Also, how does this involve the kernel? The interface to the kernel
for hardware configuration is via ioctl(). For logic, sockets.

If the user-level tools suck, then they should be fixed. It
really doesn't have anything to do with the kernel.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version on an i686 machine (5589.44 BogoMips).
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