[radvd-devel-l] radvd FAQ added to README

Pekka Savola pekkas at netcore.fi
Sun Nov 13 09:20:14 EST 2005


Based on a comment by Henrik Levkowetz, I've added a short FAQ 
(currently only about radvd's applicability) to CVS.

Suggestions for changes/additions/etc to the FAQ are appreciated.

Pekka Savola                 "You each name yourselves king, yet the
Netcore Oy                    kingdom bleeds."
Systems. Networks. Security. -- George R.R. Martin: A Clash of Kings
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RCS file: /work/cvsroot/radvd/CHANGES,v
retrieving revision 1.50
diff -u -r1.50 CHANGES
--- CHANGES	28 Oct 2005 09:25:38 -0000	1.50
+++ CHANGES	13 Nov 2005 14:16:30 -0000
@@ -1,5 +1,7 @@
 $Id: CHANGES,v 1.50 2005/10/28 09:25:38 psavola Exp $
+11/13/2005	Create a short FAQ in README file.
 10/28/2005	Get interface MTU automatically, so that you can
 		use jumboframes and advertise MTU >1500.
RCS file: /work/cvsroot/radvd/README,v
retrieving revision 1.6
diff -u -r1.6 README
--- README	14 Nov 2001 19:58:10 -0000	1.6
+++ README	13 Nov 2005 14:16:30 -0000
@@ -7,14 +7,53 @@
 ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --sysconfdir=/etc --mandir=/usr/share/man
-The configure script will now try to guess where your IPv6 libraries and
-include files are if you don't specify them explicitly via LDFLAGS or
-CPPFLAGS respectively. Currently it will search in /usr/inet6/(include|lib)
-and /usr/ipv6/(include|lib). If separate IPv6 libraries are not necessary
-for your system, like recent Linux distributions, you will not need to
-specify this option. You still have to use the --prefix option to specify
-the install tree though. The default prefix is /usr/local.
 See configure --help for additional command line arguments.
-Run make and make install. 
+Run make and make install.
+See INTRO.html, radvd.conf(8) and radvd.conf.example.
+Frequently Asked Questions:
+Setting up radvd is very simple, so the most frequently asked
+questions have been about what radvd _doesn't_ do...
+ 1. How do I set up the router running radvd to automatically
+    configure an address from the prefix advertised in Route
+    Advertisements from upstream?
+    -- You don't.  By the specification, routers ignore RAs.
+    You'll probably need to use manual configuration.  But you
+    can't use the same prefix on two links in any case unless you
+    use something like proxy-ND (draft-ietf-ipv6-ndproxy-04.txt)
+    or prefix delegation (e.g., manually or with RFC3633),
+    so you may need to re-think your topology.
+ 2. How do I set up the router running radvd to automatically
+    configure the interfaces to use an EUI64-based address?
+    -- You don't.  The design philosophy of radvd is that it's
+    not the _router's_ configuration tool, but a route advertising
+    daemon.  You'll need to set up all the addresses, routes, etc.
+    yourself.  These tasks are something that system initscripts
+    could possibly do instead.
+ 3. I have a dynamic /48 prefix.  How do I set up radvd to:
+    a) set up interface addresses on downstream interfaces, and
+    b) advertise /64 prefixes from on downstream interfaces?
+    -- For a), this isn't supported. For b), radvd includes special
+    support for 6to4 upstream interface only.  This should probably
+    be done in the initscripts or manually. (Though if someone were
+    to send a patch for b), it might be incorporated.)  
+ 4. How do I set up radvd to do either unicast or multicast routing?
+    -- You don't.  Radvd is not a routing or forwarding daemon.
+    You need to set any appropriate routing/forwarding first,
+    and then radvd to only advertise the prefixes to hosts as
+    appropriate.

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