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SubjectRe: [RFC] ip / ifconfig redesign
Pekka Savola wrote:
> Al Boldi wrote:
> > 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.
> >
> That's called 'the loopback address', right? :)

Jan-Benedict Glaw wrote:
> # echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_nonlocal_bind
> and/or bind to address 0 (aka instead of a given IP address.

Ben Greear wrote:
> > Another benefit includes the ability to scale the link level
> > transparently, regardless of the application bind state.
> Can you do this with the current code by using scripts/whatever to move
> virtual IPs around the interfaces?

Maybe, but wouldn't that be a workaround?

linux-os \(Dick Johnson\) wrote:
> It really doesn't have anything to do with the kernel.

Maybe I shouldn't have cc'd kernel.

Marc Singer wrote:
> It might make sense to allow the address to exist without a link in
> order to allow a local port listener to continue to accept connections
> even though the network moved to another link, e.g. wireless to
> wired. Then again, perhaps, this shouldn't matter.
> What does Mr. Boldi propose?

Jesper Juhl wrote:
> I'm only guessing since I'm not entirely sure what Mr. Boldi means,
> but my guess is that he's proposing that an app can bind to an IP
> address without that address being assigned to any currently available
> interface and then later if that IP does get assigned to an interface
> the app will start recieving traffic then. Also possibly allowing the
> address to be removed from one interface and then later assigned to
> another one without apps noticing.
> I don't know /if/ that is what was meant, but that's how I read it.

Yes! And much more...

One reason why linux is great is because it's flexible. But flexibility
sometimes leads you to fulfill requirements in a workaround fashion. Things
get worse when you start building on these workarounds.

GNU/OpenSource is prone to such a development.

What I propose is to stop and think always; identify the problem and provide
for a _scalable_ solution. Procrastinating using workarounds may make your
development cycle seem faster, when in fact you are inhibiting it.

Here specifically, ip/ifconfig is implemented upside-down requiring a
link/dev to exist for an address to be defined, in effect containing layer 3
inside layer 2, when an address should be allowed to be defined w/o a
link/dev much like an app is allowed to be defined w/o an address.

Thanks for all your comments!


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