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    • Evgeniy Polyakov's avatar
      [NET]: Add netlink connector. · 7672d0b5
      Evgeniy Polyakov authored
      
      
      Kernel connector - new userspace <-> kernel space easy to use
      communication module which implements easy to use bidirectional
      message bus using netlink as it's backend.  Connector was created to
      eliminate complex skb handling both in send and receive message bus
      direction.
      
      Connector driver adds possibility to connect various agents using as
      one of it's backends netlink based network.  One must register
      callback and identifier. When driver receives special netlink message
      with appropriate identifier, appropriate callback will be called.
      
      From the userspace point of view it's quite straightforward:
      
      	socket();
      	bind();
      	send();
      	recv();
      
      But if kernelspace want to use full power of such connections, driver
      writer must create special sockets, must know about struct sk_buff
      handling...  Connector allows any kernelspace agents to use netlink
      based networking for inter-process communication in a significantly
      easier way:
      
      int cn_add_callback(struct cb_id *id, char *name, void (*callback) (void *));
      void cn_netlink_send(struct cn_msg *msg, u32 __groups, int gfp_mask);
      
      struct cb_id
      {
      	__u32			idx;
      	__u32			val;
      };
      
      idx and val are unique identifiers which must be registered in
      connector.h for in-kernel usage.  void (*callback) (void *) - is a
      callback function which will be called when message with above idx.val
      will be received by connector core.
      
      Using connector completely hides low-level transport layer from it's
      users.
      
      Connector uses new netlink ability to have many groups in one socket.
      
      [ Incorporating many cleanups and fixes by myself and
        Andrew Morton -DaveM ]
      Signed-off-by: default avatarEvgeniy Polyakov <johnpol@2ka.mipt.ru>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
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