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Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:32:56 +0100
From: Justin Cormack <>
Subject: Re: if_nameindex/getifaddrs and dhcpcd issue

On Apr 9, 2014 11:20 PM, "Rich Felker" <> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 09, 2014 at 09:17:14AM +0200, wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 08, 2014 at 06:41:12PM -0400, Rich Felker wrote:
> > > As an aside, whether netlink is essential for a full-function modern
> > > linux system is orthogonal to whether libc should be using it. A
> > > hypothetical non-linux kernel providing linux syscall abi could
> > > provide completely different net config utils.
> >
> > (I can not help wondering why you call this hypothetical,
> >  routinely using my "linux" binaries on *BSD.
> > Oh wait, was it because mentioning demons' names is inappropriate? :)
> Does if_nameindex "work" (modulo the issues with it) on BSD linux
> emulation now, and would it fail if we switched to netlink or /proc
> based? This is not necessarily a show-stopper but it would be nice if
> we had a workaround, and it's something where we should have input
> from users running musl binaries on BSD.

NetBSD has (optional) Linux /proc emulation. I will check the state of the
current emulation for the nameindex. There is no netlink emulation. As I
write the tests I get some influence...

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