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[Savannah-register-public] [task #6152] Submission of Linkloop

From: Oron Peled
Subject: [Savannah-register-public] [task #6152] Submission of Linkloop
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 19:41:46 +0000
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                 Summary: Submission of Linkloop
                 Project: Savannah Administration
            Submitted by: oron
            Submitted on: Saturday 11/25/06 at 21:41
         Should Start On: Saturday 11/25/06 at 00:00
   Should be Finished on: Tuesday 12/05/06 at 00:00
                Category: Project Approval
                Priority: 5 - Normal
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
        Percent Complete: 0%
             Open/Closed: Open
                  Effort: 0.00



A new project has been registered at Savannah 
This project account will remain inactive until a site admin approves or
discards the registration.

= Registration Administration =

While this item will be useful to track the registration process, approving
or discarding the registration must be done using the specific "Group
Administration" page, accessible only to site administrators, effectively
logged as site administrators (superuser):


= Registration Details =

* Name: *Linkloop*
* System Name:  *linkloop*
* Type: non-GNU software &amp; documentation
* License: GNU General Public License V2 or later


Description: This program is similar to ping(1), but tests connectivity at
link layer (layer-2) instead of the network layer (layer-3).

HPUX has linkloop support for ages, and lately I googled a little
and found that link-layer connectivity loopback testing is part
of the IEEE 802.2LLC standard.

So I went and written:
        - linkloop for GNU/Linux.
        - linkloop_reply as a user space reply program. Used for
          testing against GNU/Linux until the Linux kernel has native
          support for this protocol (in my TODO :-)
        - lanscan is a small utility to show local interfaces
          with their mac addresses. Yes I know 'ip link' gives
          the same information, I just wanted to play with some
          ioctls :-)

To get me started I grabbed some examples from spak
(Which is GPL'ed).

It was tested against HPUX-11.0 and GNU/Linux (when running linkloop_reply)
both ways.

My linkloop accepts MAC address in:
        - HPUX notation (0x......)
        - Colon separated (00:BC:.....)
        - A name from /etc/ethers

Other Software Required: None.


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