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From: Eric Dumazet <>
To: "Erich E. Hoover" <>
Cc: Linux Netdev <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v6 1/2] Implement IP_UNICAST_IF socket option.
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2012 08:21:57 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <1328685717.4736.4.camel@edumazet-laptop> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Le mardi 07 février 2012 à 14:44 -0700, Erich E. Hoover a écrit :
> The IP_UNICAST_IF feature is needed by the Wine project.  This patch implements the feature by setting the outgoing interface in a similar fashion to that of IP_MULTICAST_IF.  A separate option is needed to handle this feature since the existing options do not provide all of the characteristics required by IP_UNICAST_IF, a summary is provided below.
> * SO_BINDTODEVICE requires administrative privileges, IP_UNICAST_IF does not.  From reading some old mailing list articles my understanding is that SO_BINDTODEVICE requires administrative privileges because it can override the administrator's routing settings.
> * The SO_BINDTODEVICE option restricts both outbound and inbound traffic, IP_UNICAST_IF only impacts outbound traffic.
> * Since IP_PKTINFO and IP_UNICAST_IF are independent options, implementing IP_UNICAST_IF with IP_PKTINFO will likely break some applications.
> * Implementing IP_UNICAST_IF on top of IP_PKTINFO significantly complicates the Wine codebase and reduces the socket performance (doing this requires a lot of extra communication between the "server" and "user" layers).
> bind():
> * bind() does not work on broadcast packets, IP_UNICAST_IF is specifically intended to work with broadcast packets.
> * Like SO_BINDTODEVICE, bind() restricts both outbound and inbound traffic.
> Signed-off-by: Erich E. Hoover <>

This seems good, only the changelog is not formatted to fit in short
lines (70 cols)

Also title should include subsystem name  :

ipv4: Implement IP_UNICAST_IF socket option.

Acked-by: Eric Dumazet <>

  reply	other threads:[~2012-02-08  7:22 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2012-02-07 21:44 Erich E. Hoover
2012-02-08  7:21 ` Eric Dumazet [this message]
     [not found] <>
2012-02-08  1:10 ` Erich E. Hoover
2012-02-08  6:25   ` Shawn Lu

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