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MULTICAST(4)                 Device Drivers Manual                MULTICAST(4)

     multicast - Multicast Routing

     options MROUTING

     #include <sys/types.h>
     #include <sys/socket.h>
     #include <netinet/in.h>
     #include <netinet/ip_mroute.h>
     #include <netinet6/ip6_mroute.h>

     getsockopt(int s, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_INIT, void *optval, socklen_t *optlen);

     setsockopt(int s, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_INIT, const void *optval,
         socklen_t optlen);

     getsockopt(int s, IPPROTO_IPV6, MRT6_INIT, void *optval,
         socklen_t *optlen);

     setsockopt(int s, IPPROTO_IPV6, MRT6_INIT, const void *optval,
         socklen_t optlen);

     Multicast routing is used to efficiently propagate data packets to a set
     of multicast listeners in multipoint networks.  If unicast is used to
     replicate the data to all listeners, then some of the network links may
     carry multiple copies of the same data packets.  With multicast routing,
     the overhead is reduced to one copy (at most) per network link.

     All multicast-capable routers must run a common multicast routing
     protocol.  The Distance Vector Multicast Routing Protocol (DVMRP) was the
     first developed multicast routing protocol.  Later, other protocols such
     as Multicast Extensions to OSPF (MOSPF), Core Based Trees (CBT), Protocol
     Independent Multicast - Sparse Mode (PIM-SM), and Protocol Independent
     Multicast - Dense Mode (PIM-DM) were developed as well.

     To start multicast routing, the user must enable multicast forwarding in
     the kernel (see SYNOPSIS about the kernel configuration options), and
     must run a multicast routing capable user-level process.  From
     developer's point of view, the programming guide described in the
     Programming Guide section should be used to control the multicast
     forwarding in the kernel.

   Programming Guide
     This section provides information about the basic multicast routing API.
     The so-called "advanced multicast API" is described in the Advanced
     Multicast API Programming Guide section.

     First, a multicast routing socket must be open.  That socket would be
     used to control the multicast forwarding in the kernel.  Note that most
     operations below require certain privilege (i.e., root privilege):

     /* IPv4 */
     int mrouter_s4;
     mrouter_s4 = socket(AF_INET, SOCK_RAW, IPPROTO_IGMP);

     int mrouter_s6;
     mrouter_s6 = socket(AF_INET6, SOCK_RAW, IPPROTO_ICMPV6);

     Note that if the router needs to open an IGMP or ICMPv6 socket (in case
     of IPv4 and IPv6 respectively) for sending or receiving of IGMP or MLD
     multicast group membership messages, then the same mrouter_s4 or
     mrouter_s6 sockets should be used for sending and receiving respectively
     IGMP or MLD messages.  In case of BSD-derived kernel, it may be possible
     to open separate sockets for IGMP or MLD messages only.  However, some
     other kernels (e.g., Linux) require that the multicast routing socket
     must be used for sending and receiving of IGMP or MLD messages.
     Therefore, for portability reason the multicast routing socket should be
     reused for IGMP and MLD messages as well.

     After the multicast routing socket is open, it can be used to enable or
     disable multicast forwarding in the kernel:

     /* IPv4 */
     int v = 1;        /* 1 to enable, or 0 to disable */
     setsockopt(mrouter_s4, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_INIT, (void *)&v, sizeof(v));

     /* IPv6 */
     int v = 1;        /* 1 to enable, or 0 to disable */
     setsockopt(mrouter_s6, IPPROTO_IPV6, MRT6_INIT, (void *)&v, sizeof(v));
     /* If necessary, filter all ICMPv6 messages */
     struct icmp6_filter filter;
     setsockopt(mrouter_s6, IPPROTO_ICMPV6, ICMP6_FILTER, (void *)&filter,

     After multicast forwarding is enabled, the multicast routing socket can
     be used to enable PIM processing in the kernel if we are running PIM-SM
     or PIM-DM (see pim(4)).

     For each network interface (e.g., physical or a virtual tunnel) that
     would be used for multicast forwarding, a corresponding multicast
     interface must be added to the kernel:

     /* IPv4 */
     struct vifctl vc;
     memset(&vc, 0, sizeof(vc));
     /* Assign all vifctl fields as appropriate */
     vc.vifc_vifi = vif_index;
     vc.vifc_flags = vif_flags;
     vc.vifc_threshold = min_ttl_threshold;
     vc.vifc_rate_limit = max_rate_limit;
     memcpy(&vc.vifc_lcl_addr, &vif_local_address, sizeof(vc.vifc_lcl_addr));
     if (vc.vifc_flags & VIFF_TUNNEL)
         memcpy(&vc.vifc_rmt_addr, &vif_remote_address,
     setsockopt(mrouter_s4, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_ADD_VIF, (void *)&vc,

     The vif_index must be unique per vif.  The vif_flags contains the VIFF_*
     flags as defined in <netinet/ip_mroute.h>.  The min_ttl_threshold
     contains the minimum TTL a multicast data packet must have to be
     forwarded on that vif.  Typically, it would have value of 1.  The
     max_rate_limit contains the maximum rate (in bits/s) of the multicast
     data packets forwarded on that vif.  Value of 0 means no limit.  The
     vif_local_address contains the local IP address of the corresponding
     local interface.  The vif_remote_address contains the remote IP address
     in case of DVMRP multicast tunnels.

     /* IPv6 */
     struct mif6ctl mc;
     memset(&mc, 0, sizeof(mc));
     /* Assign all mif6ctl fields as appropriate */
     mc.mif6c_mifi = mif_index;
     mc.mif6c_flags = mif_flags;
     mc.mif6c_pifi = pif_index;
     setsockopt(mrouter_s6, IPPROTO_IPV6, MRT6_ADD_MIF, (void *)&mc,

     The mif_index must be unique per vif.  The mif_flags contains the MIFF_*
     flags as defined in <netinet6/ip6_mroute.h>.  The pif_index is the
     physical interface index of the corresponding local interface.

     A multicast interface is deleted by:

     /* IPv4 */
     vifi_t vifi = vif_index;
     setsockopt(mrouter_s4, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_DEL_VIF, (void *)&vifi,

     /* IPv6 */
     mifi_t mifi = mif_index;
     setsockopt(mrouter_s6, IPPROTO_IPV6, MRT6_DEL_MIF, (void *)&mifi,

     After the multicast forwarding is enabled, and the multicast virtual
     interfaces are added, the kernel may deliver upcall messages (also called
     signals later in this text) on the multicast routing socket that was open
     earlier with MRT_INIT or MRT6_INIT.  The IPv4 upcalls have struct igmpmsg
     header (see <netinet/ip_mroute.h>) with field im_mbz set to zero.  Note
     that this header follows the structure of struct ip with the protocol
     field ip_p set to zero.  The IPv6 upcalls have struct mrt6msg header (see
     <netinet6/ip6_mroute.h>) with field im6_mbz set to zero.  Note that this
     header follows the structure of struct ip6_hdr with the next header field
     ip6_nxt set to zero.

     The upcall header contains field im_msgtype and im6_msgtype with the type
     of the upcall IGMPMSG_* and MRT6MSG_* for IPv4 and IPv6 respectively.
     The values of the rest of the upcall header fields and the body of the
     upcall message depend on the particular upcall type.

     If the upcall message type is IGMPMSG_NOCACHE or MRT6MSG_NOCACHE, this is
     an indication that a multicast packet has reached the multicast router,
     but the router has no forwarding state for that packet.  Typically, the
     upcall would be a signal for the multicast routing user-level process to
     install the appropriate Multicast Forwarding Cache (MFC) entry in the

     An MFC entry is added by:

     /* IPv4 */
     struct mfcctl mc;
     memset(&mc, 0, sizeof(mc));
     memcpy(&mc.mfcc_origin, &source_addr, sizeof(mc.mfcc_origin));
     memcpy(&mc.mfcc_mcastgrp, &group_addr, sizeof(mc.mfcc_mcastgrp));
     mc.mfcc_parent = iif_index;
     for (i = 0; i < maxvifs; i++)
         mc.mfcc_ttls[i] = oifs_ttl[i];
     setsockopt(mrouter_s4, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_ADD_MFC,
                (void *)&mc, sizeof(mc));

     /* IPv6 */
     struct mf6cctl mc;
     memset(&mc, 0, sizeof(mc));
     memcpy(&mc.mf6cc_origin, &source_addr, sizeof(mc.mf6cc_origin));
     memcpy(&mc.mf6cc_mcastgrp, &group_addr, sizeof(mf6cc_mcastgrp));
     mc.mf6cc_parent = iif_index;
     for (i = 0; i < maxvifs; i++)
         if (oifs_ttl[i] > 0)
             IF_SET(i, &mc.mf6cc_ifset);
     setsockopt(mrouter_s6, IPPROTO_IPV6, MRT6_ADD_MFC,
                (void *)&mc, sizeof(mc));

     The source_addr and group_addr are the source and group address of the
     multicast packet (as set in the upcall message).  The iif_index is the
     virtual interface index of the multicast interface the multicast packets
     for this specific source and group address should be received on.  The
     oifs_ttl[] array contains the minimum TTL (per interface) a multicast
     packet should have to be forwarded on an outgoing interface.  If the TTL
     value is zero, the corresponding interface is not included in the set of
     outgoing interfaces.  Note that in case of IPv6 only the set of outgoing
     interfaces can be specified.

     An MFC entry is deleted by:

     /* IPv4 */
     struct mfcctl mc;
     memset(&mc, 0, sizeof(mc));
     memcpy(&mc.mfcc_origin, &source_addr, sizeof(mc.mfcc_origin));
     memcpy(&mc.mfcc_mcastgrp, &group_addr, sizeof(mc.mfcc_mcastgrp));
     setsockopt(mrouter_s4, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_DEL_MFC,
                (void *)&mc, sizeof(mc));

     /* IPv6 */
     struct mf6cctl mc;
     memset(&mc, 0, sizeof(mc));
     memcpy(&mc.mf6cc_origin, &source_addr, sizeof(mc.mf6cc_origin));
     memcpy(&mc.mf6cc_mcastgrp, &group_addr, sizeof(mf6cc_mcastgrp));
     setsockopt(mrouter_s6, IPPROTO_IPV6, MRT6_DEL_MFC,
                (void *)&mc, sizeof(mc));

     The following method can be used to get various statistics per installed
     MFC entry in the kernel (e.g., the number of forwarded packets per source
     and group address):

     /* IPv4 */
     struct sioc_sg_req sgreq;
     memset(&sgreq, 0, sizeof(sgreq));
     memcpy(&sgreq.src, &source_addr, sizeof(sgreq.src));
     memcpy(&sgreq.grp, &group_addr, sizeof(sgreq.grp));
     ioctl(mrouter_s4, SIOCGETSGCNT, &sgreq);

     /* IPv6 */
     struct sioc_sg_req6 sgreq;
     memset(&sgreq, 0, sizeof(sgreq));
     memcpy(&sgreq.src, &source_addr, sizeof(sgreq.src));
     memcpy(&sgreq.grp, &group_addr, sizeof(sgreq.grp));
     ioctl(mrouter_s6, SIOCGETSGCNT_IN6, &sgreq);

     The following method can be used to get various statistics per multicast
     virtual interface in the kernel (e.g., the number of forwarded packets
     per interface):

     /* IPv4 */
     struct sioc_vif_req vreq;
     memset(&vreq, 0, sizeof(vreq));
     vreq.vifi = vif_index;
     ioctl(mrouter_s4, SIOCGETVIFCNT, &vreq);

     /* IPv6 */
     struct sioc_mif_req6 mreq;
     memset(&mreq, 0, sizeof(mreq));
     mreq.mifi = vif_index;
     ioctl(mrouter_s6, SIOCGETMIFCNT_IN6, &mreq);

   Advanced Multicast API Programming Guide
     If we want to add new features in the kernel, it becomes difficult to
     preserve backward compatibility (binary and API), and at the same time to
     allow user-level processes to take advantage of the new features (if the
     kernel supports them).

     One of the mechanisms that allows us to preserve the backward
     compatibility is a sort of negotiation between the user-level process and
     the kernel:

     1.   The user-level process tries to enable in the kernel the set of new
          features (and the corresponding API) it would like to use.

     2.   The kernel returns the (sub)set of features it knows about and is
          willing to be enabled.

     3.   The user-level process uses only that set of features the kernel has
          agreed on.

     To support backward compatibility, if the user-level process does not ask
     for any new features, the kernel defaults to the basic multicast API (see
     the Programming Guide section).  Currently, the advanced multicast API
     exists only for IPv4; in the future there will be IPv6 support as well.

     Below is a summary of the expandable API solution.  Note that all new
     options and structures are defined in <netinet/ip_mroute.h> and
     <netinet6/ip6_mroute.h>, unless stated otherwise.

     The user-level process uses new getsockopt()/setsockopt() options to
     perform the API features negotiation with the kernel.  This negotiation
     must be performed right after the multicast routing socket is open.  The
     set of desired/allowed features is stored in a bitset (currently, in
     uint32_t; i.e., maximum of 32 new features).  The new
     getsockopt()/setsockopt() options are MRT_API_SUPPORT and MRT_API_CONFIG.

     uint32_t v;
     getsockopt(sock, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_API_SUPPORT, (void *)&v, sizeof(v));

     would set in v the pre-defined bits that the kernel API supports.  The
     eight least significant bits in uint32_t are same as the eight possible
     flags MRT_MFC_FLAGS_* that can be used in mfcc_flags as part of the new
     definition of struct mfcctl (see below about those flags), which leaves
     24 flags for other new features.  The value returned by
     getsockopt(MRT_API_SUPPORT) is read-only; in other words,
     setsockopt(MRT_API_SUPPORT) would fail.

     To modify the API, and to set some specific feature in the kernel, then:

     if (setsockopt(sock, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_API_CONFIG, (void *)&v, sizeof(v))
         != 0) {
         return (ERROR);
         return (OK);        /* Success */
         return (ERROR);

     In other words, when setsockopt(MRT_API_CONFIG) is called, the argument
     to it specifies the desired set of features to be enabled in the API and
     the kernel.  The return value in v is the actual (sub)set of features
     that were enabled in the kernel.  To obtain later the same set of
     features that were enabled, then:

     getsockopt(sock, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_API_CONFIG, (void *)&v, sizeof(v));

     The set of enabled features is global.  In other words,
     setsockopt(MRT_API_CONFIG) should be called right after

     Currently, the following set of new features is defined:

     #define MRT_MFC_FLAGS_DISABLE_WRONGVIF (1 << 0) /* disable WRONGVIF signals */
     #define MRT_MFC_FLAGS_BORDER_VIF   (1 << 1)  /* border vif              */
     #define MRT_MFC_RP                 (1 << 8)  /* enable RP address       */
     #define MRT_MFC_BW_UPCALL          (1 << 9)  /* enable bw upcalls       */

     The advanced multicast API uses a newly defined struct mfcctl2 instead of
     the traditional struct mfcctl.  The original struct mfcctl is kept as is.
     The new struct mfcctl2 is:

      * The new argument structure for MRT_ADD_MFC and MRT_DEL_MFC overlays
      * and extends the old struct mfcctl.
     struct mfcctl2 {
             /* the mfcctl fields */
             struct in_addr  mfcc_origin;       /* ip origin of mcasts       */
             struct in_addr  mfcc_mcastgrp;     /* multicast group associated*/
             vifi_t          mfcc_parent;       /* incoming vif              */
             u_char          mfcc_ttls[MAXVIFS];/* forwarding ttls on vifs   */

             /* extension fields */
             uint8_t         mfcc_flags[MAXVIFS];/* the MRT_MFC_FLAGS_* flags*/
             struct in_addr  mfcc_rp;            /* the RP address           */

     The new fields are mfcc_flags[MAXVIFS] and mfcc_rp.  Note that for
     compatibility reasons they are added at the end.

     The mfcc_flags[MAXVIFS] field is used to set various flags per interface
     per (S,G) entry.  Currently, the defined flags are:

     #define MRT_MFC_FLAGS_DISABLE_WRONGVIF (1 << 0) /* disable WRONGVIF signals */
     #define MRT_MFC_FLAGS_BORDER_VIF       (1 << 1) /* border vif          */

     The MRT_MFC_FLAGS_DISABLE_WRONGVIF flag is used to explicitly disable the
     IGMPMSG_WRONGVIF kernel signal at the (S,G) granularity if a multicast
     data packet arrives on the wrong interface.  Usually, this signal is used
     to complete the shortest-path switch in case of PIM-SM multicast routing,
     or to trigger a PIM assert message.  However, it should not be delivered
     for interfaces that are not in the outgoing interface set, and that are
     not expecting to become an incoming interface.  Hence, if the
     MRT_MFC_FLAGS_DISABLE_WRONGVIF flag is set for some of the interfaces,
     then a data packet that arrives on that interface for that MFC entry will
     NOT trigger a WRONGVIF signal.  If that flag is not set, then a signal is
     triggered (the default action).

     The MRT_MFC_FLAGS_BORDER_VIF flag is used to specify whether the Border-
     bit in PIM Register messages should be set (in case when the Register
     encapsulation is performed inside the kernel).  If it is set for the
     special PIM Register kernel virtual interface (see pim(4)), the Border-
     bit in the Register messages sent to the RP will be set.

     The remaining six bits are reserved for future usage.

     The mfcc_rp field is used to specify the RP address (in case of PIM-SM
     multicast routing) for a multicast group G if we want to perform kernel-
     level PIM Register encapsulation.  The mfcc_rp field is used only if the
     MRT_MFC_RP advanced API flag/capability has been successfully set by

     If the MRT_MFC_RP flag was successfully set by
     setsockopt(MRT_API_CONFIG), then the kernel will attempt to perform the
     PIM Register encapsulation itself instead of sending the multicast data
     packets to user level (inside IGMPMSG_WHOLEPKT upcalls) for user-level
     encapsulation.  The RP address would be taken from the mfcc_rp field
     inside the new struct mfcctl2.  However, even if the MRT_MFC_RP flag was
     successfully set, if the mfcc_rp field was set to INADDR_ANY, then the
     kernel will still deliver an IGMPMSG_WHOLEPKT upcall with the multicast
     data packet to the user-level process.

     In addition, if the multicast data packet is too large to fit within a
     single IP packet after the PIM Register encapsulation (e.g., if its size
     was on the order of 65500 bytes), the data packet will be fragmented, and
     then each of the fragments will be encapsulated separately.  Note that
     typically a multicast data packet can be that large only if it was
     originated locally from the same hosts that performs the encapsulation;
     otherwise the transmission of the multicast data packet over Ethernet for
     example would have fragmented it into much smaller pieces.

     Typically, a multicast routing user-level process would need to know the
     forwarding bandwidth for some data flow.  For example, the multicast
     routing process may want to timeout idle MFC entries, or in case of PIM-
     SM it can initiate (S,G) shortest-path switch if the bandwidth rate is
     above a threshold for example.

     The original solution for measuring the bandwidth of a dataflow was that
     a user-level process would periodically query the kernel about the number
     of forwarded packets/bytes per (S,G), and then based on those numbers it
     would estimate whether a source has been idle, or whether the source's
     transmission bandwidth is above a threshold.  That solution is far from
     being scalable, hence the need for a new mechanism for bandwidth

     Below is a description of the bandwidth monitoring mechanism.

        If the bandwidth of a data flow satisfies some pre-defined filter,
         the kernel delivers an upcall on the multicast routing socket to the
         multicast routing process that has installed that filter.

        The bandwidth-upcall filters are installed per (S,G).  There can be
         more than one filter per (S,G).

        Instead of supporting all possible comparison operations (i.e., < <=
         == != > >= ), there is support only for the <= and >= operations,
         because this makes the kernel-level implementation simpler, and
         because practically we need only those two.  Further, the missing
         operations can be simulated by secondary user-level filtering of
         those <= and >= filters.  For example, to simulate !=, then we need
         to install filter "bw <= 0xffffffff", and after an upcall is
         received, we need to check whether "measured_bw != expected_bw".

        The bandwidth-upcall mechanism is enabled by
         setsockopt(MRT_API_CONFIG) for the MRT_MFC_BW_UPCALL flag.

        The bandwidth-upcall filters are added/deleted by the new
         setsockopt(MRT_ADD_BW_UPCALL) and setsockopt(MRT_DEL_BW_UPCALL)
         respectively (with the appropriate struct bw_upcall argument of

     From application point of view, a developer needs to know about the

      * Structure for installing or delivering an upcall if the
      * measured bandwidth is above or below a threshold.
      * User programs (e.g. daemons) may have a need to know when the
      * bandwidth used by some data flow is above or below some threshold.
      * This interface allows the userland to specify the threshold (in
      * bytes and/or packets) and the measurement interval. Flows are
      * all packet with the same source and destination IP address.
      * At the moment the code is only used for multicast destinations
      * but there is nothing that prevents its use for unicast.
      * The measurement interval cannot be shorter than some Tmin (currently, 3s).
      * The threshold is set in packets and/or bytes per_interval.
      * Measurement works as follows:
      * For >= measurements:
      * The first packet marks the start of a measurement interval.
      * During an interval we count packets and bytes, and when we
      * pass the threshold we deliver an upcall and we are done.
      * The first packet after the end of the interval resets the
      * count and restarts the measurement.
      * For <= measurement:
      * We start a timer to fire at the end of the interval, and
      * then for each incoming packet we count packets and bytes.
      * When the timer fires, we compare the value with the threshold,
      * schedule an upcall if we are below, and restart the measurement
      * (reschedule timer and zero counters).

     struct bw_data {
             struct timeval  b_time;
             uint64_t        b_packets;
             uint64_t        b_bytes;

     struct bw_upcall {
             struct in_addr  bu_src;         /* source address            */
             struct in_addr  bu_dst;         /* destination address       */
             uint32_t        bu_flags;       /* misc flags (see below)    */
     #define BW_UPCALL_UNIT_PACKETS (1 << 0) /* threshold (in packets)    */
     #define BW_UPCALL_UNIT_BYTES   (1 << 1) /* threshold (in bytes)      */
     #define BW_UPCALL_GEQ          (1 << 2) /* upcall if bw >= threshold */
     #define BW_UPCALL_LEQ          (1 << 3) /* upcall if bw <= threshold */
     #define BW_UPCALL_DELETE_ALL   (1 << 4) /* delete all upcalls for s,d*/
             struct bw_data  bu_threshold;   /* the bw threshold          */
             struct bw_data  bu_measured;    /* the measured bw           */

     /* max. number of upcalls to deliver together */
     #define BW_UPCALLS_MAX                          128
     /* min. threshold time interval for bandwidth measurement */

     The bw_upcall structure is used as an argument to
     setsockopt(MRT_ADD_BW_UPCALL) and setsockopt(MRT_DEL_BW_UPCALL).  Each
     setsockopt(MRT_ADD_BW_UPCALL) installs a filter in the kernel for the
     source and destination address in the bw_upcall argument, and that filter
     will trigger an upcall according to the following pseudo-algorithm:

      if (bw_upcall_oper IS ">=") {
         if (((bw_upcall_unit & PACKETS == PACKETS) &&
              (measured_packets >= threshold_packets)) ||
             ((bw_upcall_unit & BYTES == BYTES) &&
              (measured_bytes >= threshold_bytes)))
            SEND_UPCALL("measured bandwidth is >= threshold");
       if (bw_upcall_oper IS "<=" && measured_interval >= threshold_interval) {
         if (((bw_upcall_unit & PACKETS == PACKETS) &&
              (measured_packets <= threshold_packets)) ||
             ((bw_upcall_unit & BYTES == BYTES) &&
              (measured_bytes <= threshold_bytes)))
            SEND_UPCALL("measured bandwidth is <= threshold");

     In the same bw_upcall the unit can be specified in both BYTES and
     PACKETS.  However, the GEQ and LEQ flags are mutually exclusive.

     Basically, an upcall is delivered if the measured bandwidth is >= or <=
     the threshold bandwidth (within the specified measurement interval).  For
     practical reasons, the smallest value for the measurement interval is 3
     seconds.  If smaller values are allowed, then the bandwidth estimation
     may be less accurate, or the potentially very high frequency of the
     generated upcalls may introduce too much overhead.  For the >= operation,
     the answer may be known before the end of threshold_interval, therefore
     the upcall may be delivered earlier.  For the <= operation however, we
     must wait until the threshold interval has expired to know the answer.

     Example of usage:

     struct bw_upcall bw_upcall;
     /* Assign all bw_upcall fields as appropriate */
     memset(&bw_upcall, 0, sizeof(bw_upcall));
     memcpy(&bw_upcall.bu_src, &source, sizeof(bw_upcall.bu_src));
     memcpy(&bw_upcall.bu_dst, &group, sizeof(bw_upcall.bu_dst));
     bw_upcall.bu_threshold.b_data = threshold_interval;
     bw_upcall.bu_threshold.b_packets = threshold_packets;
     bw_upcall.bu_threshold.b_bytes = threshold_bytes;
     if (is_threshold_in_packets)
         bw_upcall.bu_flags |= BW_UPCALL_UNIT_PACKETS;
     if (is_threshold_in_bytes)
         bw_upcall.bu_flags |= BW_UPCALL_UNIT_BYTES;
     do {
         if (is_geq_upcall) {
             bw_upcall.bu_flags |= BW_UPCALL_GEQ;
         if (is_leq_upcall) {
             bw_upcall.bu_flags |= BW_UPCALL_LEQ;
         return (ERROR);
     } while (0);
     setsockopt(mrouter_s4, IPPROTO_IP, MRT_ADD_BW_UPCALL,
               (void *)&bw_upcall, sizeof(bw_upcall));

     To delete a single filter, then use MRT_DEL_BW_UPCALL, and the fields of
     bw_upcall must be set exactly same as when MRT_ADD_BW_UPCALL was called.

     To delete all bandwidth filters for a given (S,G), then only the bu_src
     and bu_dst fields in struct bw_upcall need to be set, and then just set
     only the BW_UPCALL_DELETE_ALL flag inside field bw_upcall.bu_flags.

     The bandwidth upcalls are received by aggregating them in the new upcall

     #define IGMPMSG_BW_UPCALL  4  /* BW monitoring upcall */

     This message is an array of struct bw_upcall elements (up to
     BW_UPCALLS_MAX = 128).  The upcalls are delivered when there are 128
     pending upcalls, or when 1 second has expired since the previous upcall
     (whichever comes first).  In an struct upcall element, the bu_measured
     field is filled-in to indicate the particular measured values.  However,
     because of the way the particular intervals are measured, the user should
     be careful how bu_measured.b_time is used.  For example, if the filter is
     installed to trigger an upcall if the number of packets is >= 1, then
     bu_measured may have a value of zero in the upcalls after the first one,
     because the measured interval for >= filters is "clocked" by the
     forwarded packets.  Hence, this upcall mechanism should not be used for
     measuring the exact value of the bandwidth of the forwarded data.  To
     measure the exact bandwidth, the user would need to get the forwarded
     packets statistics with the ioctl(SIOCGETSGCNT) mechanism (see the
     Programming Guide section) .

     Note that the upcalls for a filter are delivered until the specific
     filter is deleted, but no more frequently than once per
     bu_threshold.b_time.  For example, if the filter is specified to deliver
     a signal if bw >= 1 packet, the first packet will trigger a signal, but
     the next upcall will be triggered no earlier than bu_threshold.b_time
     after the previous upcall.

     getsockopt(2), recvfrom(2), recvmsg(2), setsockopt(2), socket(2),
     icmp6(4), inet(4), inet6(4), intro(4), ip(4), ip6(4), pim(4)

     The original multicast code was written by David Waitzman (BBN Labs), and
     later modified by the following individuals: Steve Deering (Stanford),
     Mark J. Steiglitz (Stanford), Van Jacobson (LBL), Ajit Thyagarajan
     (PARC), Bill Fenner (PARC).  The IPv6 multicast support was implemented
     by the KAME project (http://www.kame.net), and was based on the IPv4
     multicast code.  The advanced multicast API and the multicast bandwidth
     monitoring were implemented by Pavlin Radoslavov (ICSI) in collaboration
     with Chris Brown (NextHop).

     This manual page was written by Pavlin Radoslavov (ICSI).

NetBSD 10.99                   September 4, 2003                  NetBSD 10.99