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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Allow userspace code to use flag IFA_F_SECONDARY to specify an ip address to be primary or secondary ip on an interface

Hello,

On Wed, 25 Sep 2013, Vincent Li wrote:

> I think it is good idea to add these preferences flags and sorted
> them, but my code knowledge is limited to implement it as I am still
> learning, I can help testing :)

I can try it, if such idea looks good enough to
others.

> On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:08 AM, Julian Anastasov <ja@ssi.bg> wrote:
>
> > My first idea was to use NLM_F_APPEND to implement
> > 'ip addr prepend' and 'ip addr append' but the default
> > operation is 'append' without providing NLM_F_APPEND, so it
> > does not work.
> >
> > Another idea is to add new attribute IFA_PREFERENCE in
> > include/uapi/linux/if_addr.h just before __IFA_MAX, integer,
> > 3 of the values are known. A preference for the used scope.
> >
> > /* Add as last, default */
> > IFA_PREFERENCE_APPEND = 0,
> >
> > /* Add as last primary, before any present primary in subnet */
> > IFA_PREFERENCE_PRIMARY = 128,
> >
> > /* First for scope */
> > IFA_PREFERENCE_FIRST = 255,
> >
> > We should keep it in ifa as priority, for
> > sorting purposes. It can be 4-byte value, if user wants
> > to copy user-defined order into preference.
> >
> > Sorting order should be:
> >
> > - all primaries sorted by decreasing scope, decreasing
> > priority and adding order
> >
> > - then all secondaries (IFA_F_SECONDARY) sorted by decreasing
> > priority and adding order
> >
> > Usage:
> >
> > ip addr add ... pref[erence] type_or_priority
> >
> > # Add floating IP (append at priority 128)
> > # The primary mode is not guaranteed if another address from
> > # the same subnet is already using the same or higher priority.
> > ip addr add ... pref primary
> > # More preferred primary
> > ip addr add ... pref 129
> >
> > # Add first IP for scope
> > ip addr add ... pref first
> >
> > The scope has similar 'sorting' property but not
> > for IPs in same subnet and it would be difficult to use
> > it for global routes.
> >
> > Thoughts?

Regards

--
Julian Anastasov <ja@ssi.bg>


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