Bootscript reorganization

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at
Thu Jul 7 15:26:45 PDT 2011

Nathan Coulson wrote:

>> Alternatively we could use something like:
>> eth0=static:
> that, is beautiful.

I'm not sure about that.  :)

> [ipv6 uses : for deliminators if I recall]

Yes, of course.  I forgot about that.  Setting up a ipv6 configuration 
shouldn't be any more complicated than ipv4.  The same entries, ip, 
mask, broadcast, network, default router are all the same concepts.  The 
actual stack is more complicated of course and the format of the numbers 
is different, but the principles are the same.

> [not sure how static routes would work, does anyone actually use that
> on LFS though?]

A static route is nothing more than a table entry.  A packet is 
generated by the system or is received my a network interface (if 
forwarding is allowed).  Once the stack has the packet, the output logic 
is the same.  Say you have something like:

Destination  Gateway      Genmask       Flags Metric Ref  Use Iface   UG    0      0    0   eth1 U     0      0    0   eth0       UG    0      0    0   eth0

You take the destination ip address, AND it with the mask, and compare 
to the destination.  If you get multiple matches, you use the lowest 
metric.  Then you send the packet to the corresponding gateway through 
the associated interface.  The difference between ipv4 and ipv6 is that 
ipv4 uses 32-bit numbers and ipv6 uses 128-bit numbers.  The routing 
principle is the same.   The only difference in Linux between a router 
and standard host is that for a router, a daemon manages the table 

Note that if the destination is a system on a locally attached network, 
the gateway is not used and the link layer frame is sent directly via 
the underlying link level protocol via the appropriate interface.

> [dhcp, should work great.]
> Still wouldn't mind something like
> /lib/boot/services/{static,dhcp,bridge}  [with only static existing on
> a lfs build].  and pass the parameters to the service script.

Perhaps, but /lib/boot would probably be enough.  What other directory 
besides services would be in /lib/boot?

    -- Bruce

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