RTENTRY(9) MidnightBSD Kernel Developer’s Manual RTENTRY(9)

NAME

rtentry — structure of an entry in the kernel routing table

SYNOPSIS

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/socket.h>
#include <net/route.h>

DESCRIPTION

The kernel provides a common mechanism by which all protocols can store and retrieve entries from a central table of routes. Parts of this mechanism are also used to interact with user-level processes by means of a socket in the route(4) pseudo-protocol family. The <net/route.h> header file defines the structures and manifest constants used in this facility.

The basic structure of a route is defined by struct rtentry, which includes the following fields:

struct radix_node rt_nodes[2];

Glue used by the radix-tree routines. These members also include in their substructure the key (i.e., destination address) and mask used when the route was created. The rt_key(rt) and rt_mask(rt) macros can be used to extract this information (in the form of a struct sockaddr *) given a struct rtentry *.

struct sockaddr *rt_gateway;

The ‘‘target’’ of the route, which can either represent a destination in its own right (some protocols will put a link-layer address here), or some intermediate stop on the way to that destination (if the RTF_GATEWAY flag is set).

u_long rt_flags;

See below.

struct ifnet *rt_ifp;

struct ifaddr *rt_ifa;

These two fields represent the ‘‘answer’’, as it were, to the question posed by a route lookup; that is, they name the interface and interface address to be used in sending a packet to the destination or set of destinations which this route represents.

struct rt_metrics_lite rt_rmx;

See below.

long rt_refcnt;

Route entries are reference-counted; this field indicates the number of external (to the radix tree) references. If the RTF_UP flag is not present, the rtfree() function will delete the route from the radix tree when the last reference drops.

struct sockaddr *rt_genmask;

When the rtalloc() family of functions performs a cloning operation as requested by the RTF_CLONING flag, this field is used as the mask for the new route which is inserted into the table. If this field is a null pointer, then a host route is generated.

caddr_t rt_llinfo;

When the RTF_LLINFO flag is set, this field contains information specific to the link layer represented by the named interface address. (It is normally managed by the rt_ifa->ifa_rtrequest routine.) Protocols such as arp(4) use this field to reference per-destination state internal to that protocol.

struct rtentry *rt_gwroute;

This member is a reference to a route whose destination is rt_gateway. It is only used for RTF_GATEWAY routes.

struct rtentry *rt_parent;

A reference to the route from which this route was cloned, or a null pointer if this route was not generated by cloning. See also the RTF_WASCLONED flag.

struct mtx rt_mtx;

Mutex to lock this routing entry.

The following flag bits are defined:

RTF_UP

The route is not deleted.

RTF_GATEWAY

The route points to an intermediate destination and not the ultimate recipient; the rt_gateway and rt_gwroute fields name that destination.

RTF_HOST

This is a host route.

RTF_REJECT

The destination is presently unreachable. This should result in an EHOSTUNREACH error from output routines.

RTF_DYNAMIC

This route was created dynamically by rtredirect().

RTF_MODIFIED

This route was modified by rtredirect().

RTF_DONE

Used only in the route(4) protocol, indicating that the request was executed.

RTF_CLONING

When this route is returned as a result of a lookup, automatically create a new route using this one as a template and rt_genmask (if present) as a mask.

RTF_XRESOLVE

When this route is returned as a result of a lookup, send a report on the route(4) interface requesting that an external process perform resolution for this route. (Used in conjunction with RTF_CLONING.)

RTF_LLINFO

Indicates that this route represents information being managed by a link layer’s adaptation layer (e.g., ARP).

RTF_STATIC

Indicates that this route was manually added by means of the route(8) command.

RTF_BLACKHOLE

Requests that output sent via this route be discarded.

RTF_PROTO1
RTF_PROTO2
RTF_PROTO3

Protocol-specific.

RTF_PRCLONING

This flag is obsolete and simply ignored by facility.

RTF_WASCLONED

Indicates that this route was generated as a result of cloning requested by the RTF_CLONING flag. When set, the rt_parent field indicates the route from which this one was generated.

RTF_PINNED

(Reserved for future use to indicate routes which are not to be modified by a routing protocol.)

RTF_LOCAL

Indicates that the destination of this route is an address configured as belonging to this system.

RTF_BROADCAST

Indicates that the destination is a broadcast address.

RTF_MULTICAST

Indicates that the destination is a multicast address.

Every route has associated with it a set of metrics, stored in struct rt_metrics_lite. Metrics are supplied in struct rt_metrics passed with routing control messages via route(4) API. Currently only rmx_mtu, rmx_expire, and rmx_pksent metrics are used in struct rt_metrics_lite. All others are ignored.

The following metrics are defined by struct rt_metrics:

u_long rmx_locks;

Flag bits indicating which metrics the kernel is not permitted to dynamically modify.

u_long rmx_mtu;

MTU for this path.

u_long rmx_hopcount;

Number of intermediate systems on the path to this destination.

u_long rmx_expire;

The time (a la time(3)) at which this route should expire, or zero if it should never expire. It is the responsibility of individual protocol suites to ensure that routes are actually deleted once they expire.

u_long rmx_recvpipe;

Nominally, the bandwidth-delay product for the path from the destination to this system. In practice, this value is used to set the size of the receive buffer (and thus the window in sliding-window protocols like TCP).

u_long rmx_sendpipe;

As before, but in the opposite direction.

u_long rmx_ssthresh;

The slow-start threshold used in TCP congestion-avoidance.

u_long rmx_rtt;

The round-trip time to this destination, in units of RMX_RTTUNIT per second.

u_long rmx_rttvar;

The average deviation of the round-trip time to this destination, in units of RMX_RTTUNIT per second.

u_long rmx_pksent;

A count of packets successfully sent via this route.

u_long rmx_filler[4];

Empty space available for protocol-specific information.

SEE ALSO

route(4), route(8), rtalloc(9)

HISTORY

The rtentry structure first appeared in 4.2BSD. The radix-tree representation of the routing table and the rt_metrics structure first appeared in 4.3BSD−Reno.

AUTHORS

This manual page was written by Garrett Wollman.

BUGS

There are a number of historical relics remaining in this interface. The rt_gateway and rmx_filler fields could be named better.

There is some disagreement over whether it is legitimate for RTF_LLINFO to be set by any process other than rt_ifa->ifa_rtrequest.

MidnightBSD 0.3 October 7, 2004 MidnightBSD 0.3