[OT] NetLink (was: Re: kde4 ksysguard aka system monitor)

Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. bss at iguanasuicide.net
Tue Jul 21 17:15:08 BST 2009

In <pan.2009. at cox.net>, Duncan wrote:
>It also pulls in libnl, which Gentoo defines as "a
>library for applications dealing with netlink socket."  I'm not exactly
>sure what that is all about, but I suppose that might be a legitimate
>Ethernet-only-network dependency, at least, unlike the others.

Netlink sockets are used for fast, secure, bi-directional userland to 
kernel-space communication.  They don't have much to do with networking, 
though I do think they were put in the kernel to make the ULOG netfilter 
target work well.
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