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Re: [MirageOS-devel] auto configuring ip/netmask info

I've opened a ticket for this discussion:


- J

On 25 Feb 2014, at 20:40, Richard Mortier wrote:

> On 25 Feb 2014, at 17:09, Anil Madhavapeddy <anil@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Julian and I were looking into the various Xen config options for networking 
>> this morning, and it turns out that the XL/XM toolstacks can both specify a 
>> per-VIF ip/netmask/gateway directly in the VIF configuration. e.g.
>> ```
>> vif = ['bridge=xenbr0,ip=,netmask=,gateway=']
>> These are written into the VIF backend tree in xenstore.
> aha. i wondered about that. where's the best docs on xenstore -- it's 
> probably something i should know a bit more about.
>> I'd like to take advantage of this by having the network stack automatically 
>> probe for it and use it if available (i.e. a 'default' mode in the stack 
>> configuration, which can be overridden by the manual IP or DHCP options).
>> Any thoughts on the best place to put it, though?  The obvious place is in 
>> mirage-net-{unix/xen}, but we would need a Xenstore-equivalent for Unix 
>> (which has come up several times. Dave, how viable is it to have a simple 
>> Unix Xenstore that maps to a filesystem tree?  We can project configuration 
>> variables into there for tuntap, and perhaps take care of bridge 
>> configuration at the same time as well.
> i can't comment on the viability of a unix equivalent, but that seems to make 
> a lot of sense to me.
>> Another backend that will need an equivalent registry-style interface are 
>> the kFreeBSD backend (which could call back into userspace via an ioctl 
>> interface).
> what would the js backend do?  (or would the issue simply never arise?)
> -- 
> Cheers,
> R.
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