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OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking

OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking Installation and Reference Manual

About This Manual

This is Edition 12, last updated 2008-10-31, of The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking Installation and Reference Manual, for Version 0.9.2 release 12 of the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package.

Preface

Notice

This package is released and distributed under the AGPL (see GNU Affero General Public License). Please note, however, that there are different licensing terms for the manual pages and some of the documentation (derived from OpenGroup1 publications and other sources). Consult the permission notices contained in the documentation for more information.

This manual is released under the FDL (see GNU Free Documentation License) with no sections invariant.

Abstract

This manual provides a Installation and Reference Manual for OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking.

Objective

The objective of this manual is to provide a guide for the STREAMS programmer when developing STREAMS modules, drivers and application programs for OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking.

This guide provides information to developers on the use of the STREAMS mechanism at user and kernel levels.

STREAMS was incorporated in UNIX System V Release 3 to augment the character input/output (I/O) mechanism and to support development of communication services.

STREAMS provides developers with integral functions, a set of utility routines, and facilities that expedite software design and implementation.

Intent

The intent of this manual is to act as an introductory guide to the STREAMS programmer. It is intended to be read alone and is not intended to replace or supplement the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking manual pages. For a reference for writing code, the manual pages (see STREAMS(9)) provide a better reference to the programmer. Although this describes the features of the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package, OpenSS7 Corporation is under no obligation to provide any software, system or feature listed herein.

Audience

This manual is intended for a highly technical audience. The reader should already be familiar with Linux kernel programming, the Linux file system, character devices, driver input and output, interrupts, software interrupt handling, scheduling, process contexts, multiprocessor locks, etc.

The guide is intended for network and systems programmers, who use the STREAMS mechanism at user and kernel levels for Linux and UNIX system communication services.

Readers of the guide are expected to possess prior knowledge of the Linux and UNIX system, programming, networking, and data communication.

Revisions

Take care that you are working with a current version of this manual: you will not be notified of updates. To ensure that you are working with a current version, contact the Author, or check The OpenSS7 Project website for a current version.

A current version of this manual is normally distributed with the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package, strxnet-0.9.2.12.2

Version Control

     strxnet.texi,v
     Revision 0.9.2.37  2008-09-20 11:04:42  brian
     - added package patchlevel
     
     Revision 0.9.2.36  2008-08-03 06:03:41  brian
     - protected agains texinfo commands in log entries
     
     Revision 0.9.2.35  2008/07/27 08:49:58  brian
     - no invariant sections, more libtool ignores
     
     Revision 0.9.2.34  2008-04-28 18:38:34  brian
     - header updates for release
     
     Revision 0.9.2.33  2008-04-25 11:50:58  brian
     - updates to AGPLv3
     
     Revision 0.9.2.32  2007/08/12 06:45:21  brian
     - updated licenses in manuals
     
     Revision 0.9.2.31  2007/02/28 06:31:42  brian
     - updates and corrections, #ifdef instead of #if
     
     Revision 0.9.2.30  2007/01/08 16:24:39  brian
     - final updates for release
     
     Revision 0.9.2.29  2007/01/03 12:33:12  brian
     - corrections
     
     Revision 0.9.2.28  2007/01/03 10:11:51  brian
     - documentation updates for release
     
     Revision 0.9.2.27  2006/10/02 11:32:23  brian
     - changes to get master builds working for RPM and DEB
     - added outside licenses to package documentation
     - added LICENSE automated release file
     - copy MANUAL to source directory
     - add and remove devices in -dev debian subpackages
     - get debian rules working better
     - release library version files
     - added notes to debian changelog
     - corrections for cooked manual pages in spec files
     - added release documentation to spec and rules files
     - copyright header updates
     - moved controlling tty checks in stream head
     - missing some defines for LiS build in various source files
     - added OSI headers to striso package
     - added includes and manual page paths to acincludes for various packages
     - added sunrpc, uidlpi, uinpi and uitpi licenses to documentation and release
       files
     - moved pragma weak statements ahead of declarations
     - changes for master build of RPMS and DEBS with LiS
     
     Revision 0.9.2.26  2006/09/18 01:07:25  brian
     - updated manuals and release texi docs
     
     Revision 0.9.2.25  2006/08/28 10:47:12  brian
     - correction
     
     Revision 0.9.2.24  2006/08/28 10:33:01  brian
     - updated references
     
     Revision 0.9.2.23  2006/08/27 12:27:17  brian
     - finalizing auto release files
     
     Revision 0.9.2.22  2006/08/26 09:20:06  brian
     - better release file generation
     
     Revision 0.9.2.21  2006/08/23 11:00:52  brian
     - added preface, corrections and updates for release
     
     Revision 0.9.2.20  2006/08/22 12:57:36  brian
     - updated documentation
     
     Revision 0.9.2.19  2006/03/22 10:02:08  brian
     - added makefile target index
     
     Revision 0.9.2.18  2006/03/03 11:35:17  brian
     - 32/64-bit compatibility
     
     Revision 0.9.2.17  2005/07/08 13:16:22  brian
     - updates to documentation
     
     Revision 0.9.2.16  2005/06/24 13:39:00  brian
     - added troubleshooting section to manuals
     
     Revision 0.9.2.15  2005/05/14 08:28:28  brian
     - copyright header correction
     
     Revision 0.9.2.14  2005/04/12 23:01:47  brian
     - correct docs
     
     Revision 0.9.2.13  2005/04/12 09:29:03  brian
     - corrections
     
     Revision 0.9.2.12  2005/04/11 20:48:42  brian
     - documentation updates and corrections
     
     Revision 0.9.2.11  2005/03/15 00:56:46  brian
     - Updated version numbering in texinfo files.
     
     Revision 0.9.2.10  2005/03/15 00:51:43  brian
     - Updated version numbering in texinfo files.
     
     Revision 0.9.2.9  2005/02/17 20:00:25  brian
     - Fixes for texi documentation.
     
     Revision 0.9.2.8  2005/01/24 11:57:58  brian
     - Updated texinfo headers.
     
     Revision 0.9.2.7  2004/12/19 15:15:21  brian
     - Corrected include position.
     
     Revision 0.9.2.6  2004/08/22 00:00:07  brian
     - Converted over to common files.
     
     Revision 0.9.2.5  2004/08/20 21:14:13  brian
     - Updated documentation.
     
     Revision 0.9.2.4  2004/08/17 11:51:00  brian
     - Updating documentation.
     
     Revision 0.9.2.3  2004/08/16 11:39:56  brian
     - Documetnation updates and copying options.
     
     Revision 0.9.2.2  2004/08/15 19:56:44  brian
     - Build and manual updates.
     
     Revision 0.9.2.1  2004/04/06 12:33:59  brian
     - Working up documentation.
     
     Revision 0.9  2004/04/03 22:37:07  brian
     - Initial cut of new strxnet rpm release.

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Disclaimer

OpenSS7 Corporation disclaims all warranties with regard to this documentation including all implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, or title; that the contents of the manual are suitable for any purpose, or that the implementation of such contents will not infringe on any third party patents, copyrights, trademarks or other rights. In no event shall OpenSS7 Corporation be liable for any direct, indirect, special or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising out of or in connection with any use of this manual or the performance or implementation of the contents thereof.

OpenSS7 Corporation reserves the right to revise this software and documentation for any reason, including but not limited to, conformity with standards promulgated by various agencies, utilization of advances in the state of the technical arts, or the reflection of changes in the design of any techniques, or procedures embodied, described, or referred to herein. OpenSS7 Corporation is under no obligation to provide any feature listed herein.

U.S. Government Restricted Rights

If you are licensing this Software on behalf of the U.S. Government ("Government"), the following provisions apply to you. If the Software is supplied by the Department of Defense ("DoD"), it is classified as "Commercial Computer Software" under paragraph 252.227-7014 of the DoD Supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulations ("DFARS") (or any successor regulations) and the Government is acquiring only the license rights granted herein (the license rights customarily provided to non-Government users). If the Software is supplied to any unit or agency of the Government other than DoD, it is classified as "Restricted Computer Software" and the Government's rights in the Software are defined in paragraph 52.227-19 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations ("FAR") (or any successor regulations) or, in the cases of NASA, in paragraph 18.52.227-86 of the NASA Supplement to the FAR (or any successor regulations).

Acknowledgements

As with most open source projects, this project would not have been possible without the valiant efforts and productive software of the Free Software Foundation and the Linux Kernel Community.

Sponsors

Funding for completion of the OpenSS7 OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package was provided in part by:

OpenSS7 Corporation

Additional funding for The OpenSS7 Project was provided by:

OpenSS7 Corporation
Lockheed Martin Co.
Motorola
HOB International
Comverse Ltd.
Sonus Networks Inc.
France Telecom
SS8 Networks Inc.
Nortel Networks
Verisign
eServGlobal (NZ) Pty Ltd.
NetCentrex S. A.
SysMaster Corporation
GeoLink SA
AirNet Communications
TECORE
Tumsan Oy
Vodare Ltd.
Excel Telecommunications

Contributors

The primary contributor to the OpenSS7 OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is Brian F. G. Bidulock. The following is a list of significant contributors to The OpenSS7 Project:

− Per Berquist
− John Boyd
− Chuck Winters
− Peter Courtney
− Tom Chandler
− Gurol Ackman
− Kutluk Testicioglu
− John Wenker
− Others

Authors

The authors of the OpenSS7 OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package include:

Brian Bidulock

See Author Index, for a complete listing and cross-index of authors to sections of this manual.

Maintainer

The maintainer of the OpenSS7 OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is:

Brian Bidulock

Please send bug reports to bugs@openss7.org using the send-pr script included in the package, only after reading the BUGS file in the release, or See Problem Reports.

Web Resources

The OpenSS7 Project provides a website dedicated to the software packages released by the OpenSS7 Project.

Bug Reports

Please send bug reports to bugs@openss7.org using the send-pr script included in the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package, only after reading the BUGS file in the release, or See Problem Reports. You can access the OpenSS7 GNATS database directly via the web, however, the preferred method for sending new bug reports is via mail with the send-pr script.

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The OpenSS7 Project provides a number of general discussion Mailing Lists for discussion concerning the OpenSS7 OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package as well as other packages released by The OpenSS7 Project.

These are mailman mailing lists and so have convenient web interfaces for subscribers to control their settings. See http://www.openss7.org/mailinglist.html.

The mailing lists are as follows:

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Quick Start Guide

OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking

Package strxnet-0.9.2.12 was released under AGPLv3 2008-10-31.

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package for Linux Fast-STREAMS is an implementation of the X/Open Transport Interface or SVID Transport Layer Interface library in accordance with SUSv2 and XNS 5.2 standards. It consists of user-space libraries (libxnet) and a set of cooperating STREAMS modules (timod(4) and tirdwr(4)). The STREAMS module, timod(4), is pushed on any Stream implementing the Transport Provider Interface (TPI) Revision 1.5 or 2.0.0 service interface and provides XTI/TLI library access to the transport provider. Definitions for the Transport Provider Interface (TPI) Revision 2.0.0 are also provided by header files included in the package.

The package contains the following standard Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) conforming header files:

<sys/tiusr.h> TPI Revision 2.0.0 user
<sys/tihdr.h> TPI Revision 2.0.0 kernel
<sys/ticots.h> TPI COTS
<sys/ticots_ord.h> TPI COTS w/ Orderly Release
<sys/ticlts.h> TPI CLTS
<xti.h> XTI/TLI Library
<xti_inet.h> XTI/TLI Library

Note that the Data Link Provider Interface (DLPI) and Network Provider Interface are contained in the ‘strxns-0.9.2.7’ package.

The package builds and installs the following STREAMS kernel modules and drivers:

streams_timod.ko module timod
streams_tirdwr.ko module tirdwr
timod(4)
a STREAMS XTI/TLI compatibility interface.
tirdwr(4)
a STREAMS XTI/TLI read write compatibility module.

The package builds and installs the following shared object and static libraries:

libxnet(3)
XNS 5.2 XTI/TLI Library (libxnet)

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package includes kernel modules, SVR 4.2 STREAMS drivers, modules, libraries, utilities, test programs, daemons, and development environment for the development and execution of OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking protocol stack components and applications for the SVR 4.2 STREAMS environment.

This distribution is only currently applicable to Linux 2.4 and 2.6 kernels and was targeted at ix86, x86_64, ppc and ppc64 architectures, but should build and install for other architectures as well.

Release

This is the strxnet-0.9.2.12 package, released 2008-10-31. This ‘0.9.2.12’ release, and the latest version, can be obtained from the download area of The OpenSS7 Project website using a command such as:

     $> wget http://www.openss7.org/tarballs/strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2

The release is available as an autoconf(1) tarball, src.rpm or dsc, as a set of binary rpms or debs, or as a yum(8) or apt(8) repository. See the download page for the autoconf(1) tarballs, src.rpms, dscs, or repository access instructions. See the strxnet package page for tarballs, source and binary packages.

Please see the NEWS file for release notes and history of user visible changes for the current version, and the ChangeLog file for a more detailed history of implementation changes. The TODO file lists features not yet implemented and other outstanding items.

Please see the INSTALL, INSTALL-strxnet and README-make, files (or see Installation) for installation instructions.

When working from cvs(1) or git(1), please see the README-cvs, file (or see Downloading from CVS). An abbreviated installation procedure that works for most applications appears below.

This release of the package is published strictly under Version 3 of the GNU Affero Public License which can be found in the file COPYING. Package specific licensing terms (if any) can be found in the file LICENSES. Please respect these licensing arrangements. If you are interested in different licensing terms, please contact the copyright holder, or OpenSS7 Corporation <sales@openss7.com>.

See README-alpha (if it exists) for alpha release information.

Prerequisites

The quickest and easiest way to ensure that all prerequisites are met is to download and install this package from within the OpenSS7 Master Package, openss7-0.9.2.G, instead of separately.

Prerequisites for the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package are as follows:

  1. Linux distribution, somewhat Linux Standards Base compliant, with a 2.4 or 2.6 kernel and the appropriate tool chain for compiling out-of-tree kernel modules. Most recent Linux distributions are usable out of the box, but some development packages must be installed. For more information, see Compatibility.

    − A fairly LSB compliant GNU/Linux distribution.3
    − Linux 2.4 kernel (2.4.10 - 2.4.27), or
    − Linux 2.6 kernel (2.6.3 - 2.6.26);
    − glibc2 or better.
    − GNU groff (for man pages).4
    − GNU texinfo (for info files).

(Note: If you acquired strxnet a part of the OpenSS7 Master Package, then the dependencies listed below will already have been met by unpacking the master package.)

  1. OpenSS7 Linux Fast-STREAMS, streams-0.9.2.4. 5
  2. OpenSS7 STREAMS Compatibility Modules, strcompat-0.9.2.7.
  3. OpenSS7 STREAMS XNS, strxns-0.9.2.7.

When configuring and building multiple OpenSS7 Project release packages, place all of the source packages (unpacked tarballs) at the same directory level and all build directories at the same directory level (e.g. all source packages under /usr/src).

When installing packages that install as kernel modules, it is necessary to have the correct kernel development package installed. For the following distributions, use the following commands:

     Ubuntu:  $> apt-get install linux-headers
     Debian:  $> apt-get install kernel-headers
     Fedora:  $> yum install kernel-devel

You also need the same version of gcc(1) compiler with which the kernel was built. If it is not the default, add ‘CC=kgcc’ on the line after ‘./configure’, for example:

     $> ../strxnet-0.9.2.12/configure CC='gcc-3.4'

Installation

The following commands will download, configure, build, check, install, validate, uninstall and remove the package:

     $> wget http://www.openss7.org/tarballs/strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2
     $> tar -xjvf strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2
     $> mkdir build
     $> pushd build
     $> ../strxnet-0.9.2.12/configure --enable-autotest
     $> make
     $> make check
     $> sudo make install
     $> sudo make installcheck
     $> sudo make uninstall
     $> popd
     $> sudo rm -rf build
     $> rm -rf strxnet-0.9.2.12
     $> rm -f strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2

If you have problems, try building with the logging targets instead. If the make of a logging target fails, an automatic problem report will be generated that can be mailed to The OpenSS7 Project.6 Installation steps using the logging targets proceed as follows:

     $> wget http://www.openss7.org/tarballs/strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2
     $> tar -xjvf strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2
     $> mkdir build
     $> pushd build
     $> ../strxnet-0.9.2.12/configure --enable-autotest
     $> make compile.log
     $> make check.log
     $> sudo make install.log
     $> sudo make installcheck.log
     $> sudo make uninstall.log
     $> popd
     $> sudo rm -rf build
     $> rm -rf strxnet-0.9.2.12
     $> rm -f strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2

See README-make for additional specialized make targets.

For custom applications, see the INSTALL and INSTALL-strxnet files or the see Installation, as listed below. If you encounter troubles, see Troubleshooting, before issuing a bug report.

Brief Installation Instructions

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is available from the downloads area of The OpenSS7 Project website using a command such as:

     $> wget http://www.openss7.org/tarballs/strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2

Unpack the tarball using a command such as:

     $> tar -xjvf strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2

The tarball will unpack into the relative subdirectory named after the package name: strxnet-0.9.2.12.

The package builds using the GNU autoconf utilities and the configure script. To build the package, we recommend using a separate build directory as follows:

     $> mkdir build
     $> cd build
     $> ../strxnet-0.9.2.12/configure

In general, the package configures and builds without adding any special options to the configure script. For general options to the configure script, see the GNU INSTALL file in the distribution:

     $> less ../strxnet-0.9.2.12/INSTALL

For specific options to the configure script, see the INSTALL-strxnet file in the distribution, or simply execute the configure script with the --help option like so:

     $> ../strxnet-0.9.2.12/configure --help

After configuring the package, the package can be compiled simply by issuing the ‘make’ command:

     $> make

Some specialized makefile targets exists, see the README-make file in the distribution or simply invoke the ‘help’ target like so:

     $> make help | less

After successfully building the package, the package can be checked by invoking the ‘check’ make target like so:

     $> make check

After successfully checking the package, the package can be installed by invoking the ‘install’ make target (as root) like so:

     $> sudo make install

The test suites that ship with the package can be invoked after the package has been installed by invoking the ‘installcheck’ target. This target can either be invoked as root, or as a normal user, like so:

     $> make installcheck

(Note: you must add the --enable-autotest flag to configure, above for the test suites to be invoked with ‘make installcheck’.)

The package can be cleanly removed by invoking the ‘uninstall’ target (as root):

     $> sudo make uninstall

Then the build directory and tarball can be simply removed:

     $> cd ..
     $> rm -rf build
     $> rm -rf strxnet-0.9.2.12
     $> rm -f strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2

Detailed Installation Instructions

More detailed installation instructions can be found in the Installation, contained in the distribution in ‘text’, ‘info’, ‘html’ and ‘pdf’ formats:

     $> cd ../strxnet-0.9.2.12
     $> less doc/manual/strxnet.txt
     $> lynx doc/manual/strxnet.html
     $> info doc/manual/strxnet.info
     $> xpdf doc/manual/strxnet.pdf

The ‘text’ version of the manual is always available in the MANUAL file in the release.

The current manual is also always available online from The OpenSS7 Project website at:

     $> lynx http://www.openss7.org/strxnet_manual.html

1 Introduction

This manual documents the design, implementation, installation, operation and future development schedule of the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package.

1.1 Overview

This manual documents the design, implementation, installation, operation and future development of the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package.

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is an X/Open Transport Interface (XTI/TLI) package for Linux that can be used with Linux Fast-STREAMS7. It includes development tools, header files and manual pages for

  • Transport Provider Interface
  • OpenSS7 XTI/TLi Library

In addition, it provides STREAMS drivers and modules for DLPI including:

  • Transport Interface Module (streams-timod.o), and
  • Transport Interface Read-Write Modules (streams-tirdwr.o).

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is essential to the development and support of X/Open XTI/TLI modules and drivers and provides a fundamental set of X/Open header files and manual pages for such development.

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking does not provide the X/Open Network Services (XNS), Network Provider Interface (NPI) or Data Link Provider Interface (DLPI) components. See the OpenSS7 strxns8 package.

1.2 Organization of this Manual

This manual is organized (loosely) into several sections as follows:

Introduction. This introduction
Objective. Objective of the package
Reference. Contents of the package
Development. Developing with the package
Conformance. Conformance of the package
Releases. Releases of the package
Installation. Installation of the package
Troubleshooting. Troubleshooting of the package

1.3 Conventions and Definitions

This manual uses texinfo typographic conventions.

2 Objective

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is intended to provide compatibility with UNIX System V Release 4 networking components based on the Transport Provider Interface and the XTI/TLI interface described in X/Open Networking Services, in a single add-on package to Linux Fast-STREAMS. One purpose in achieving this compatibility is the porting of legacy applications from UNIX to Linux using the capabilities of STREAMS and Linux Fast-STREAMS.

Both the Transport Provider Interface and the XTI/TLI library APIs are designed to be transport provider neutral. Both the service primitive interface and function call interface are designed to be transport provider independent to as large a degree as possible. Therefore, this OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package does not provide any transport providers of its own. It merely provides the Transport Provider Interface and the XTI/TLI library interface and applies them in a transport independent fashion to a wide range of specific transport protocols.

For transport providers based on the Internet Protocol suite, the strinet-0.9.2.7 package, strinet(5), provides TPI and XTI/TLI compatible transport providers; the strsctp-0.9.2.9 package, strsctp(5), provides a TPI and XTI compatible implementation of the Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) for Linux Fast-STREAMS. The striso-0.9.2.4 package, striso(5), provides TPI and XTI compliant transport providers for OSI/ISO protocols.

At the time that the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking was being developed there existed an XTI implementation written by Ole Husgaard, but the tirdwr and timod modules were deeply flawed and the library itself was not thread-safe and did not support all functions and capabilities of XTI. Therefore, the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking STREAMS modules and library were written from the start to be thread-safe and fully compliant with the XTI/TLI specifications in XNS 5.2.9

The result is a stable, production grade, 64-bit clean XTI/TLI library implementation for Linux Fast-STREAMS.

3 Reference

3.1 Files

STRXNET creates the following kernel modules files in the kernel modules directory, /lib/modules/2.4.20-28.7/:10

modules.strxnet

STRXNET installs the following kernel module files in the kernel modules directory, /lib/modules/2.4.20-28.7/strxnet/:11

streams_tirdwr.ko
Contains the tirdwr(4) STREAMS module.
streams_timod.ko
Contains the timod(4) STREAMS module.

STRXNET installs the following header files in the system include directory, /usr/include/strxnet/:

tihdr.h sys/tihdr.h
timod.h sys/timod.h
tirdwr.h sys/tirdwr.h
tiuser.h sys/tiuser.h
ticlts.h sys/ticlts.h
ticots.h sys/ticots.h
ticotsord.h sys/ticotsord.h
xti.h sys/xti.h
xti_inet.h sys/xti_inet.h
sys/tli.h
sys/strxnet/config.h sys/tpi.h
sys/strxnet/version.hsys/xti_local.h
sys/xti_xti.h
sys/xti_ip.h
sys/xti_udp.h
sys/xti_tcp.h
sys/xti_sctp.h
sys/xti_osi.h
sys/xti_mosi.h
sys/xti_atm.h

STRXNET installs the following test programs in the system libexec directory, /usr/libexec/strxnet/:12

send-pr
send-pr.config
The send-pr stand-alone shell script can be used for the automatic generation of problem reports for the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package. The send-pr.config file provides localized definitions used by the send-pr program. For more information on problem reports, See Problem Reports, and, in particular, See Stand Alone Problem Reports.
test-tirdwr
test case exectutable.
test-timod
test case exectutable.
test-xnet
test case exectutable.
test-xnet_thr
test case exectutable.
testsuite
atlocal
The testsuite stand-alone shell script invokes test cases in the test programs above as compiled into a comprehensive regression, troubleshooting and validation test suite for the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking drivers. The atlocal file provides localized definitions used by the testsuite program. For more information on test suites, See Test Suites, and, in particular, See Running Test Suites.

STRXNET installs the following utility programs in the system binary directory, /usr/sbin/:

strxnet_mknod
This utility can be used by init scripts or administrative users to create or remove device nodes in the /dev directory for OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking drivers.

STRXNET installs the following static and shared object libraries in the system library directory, /usr/lib/ (32-bit libraries) and /usr/lib64/ (64-bit libraries):

libxnet.so.0.0.0
libxnet.so.0
libxnet.so
libxnet.a
libxnet.la

STRXNET installs the following internationalization catalogues in the internationalization directory, /usr/share/locale/:

de/LC_MESSAGES/strxnet.mo

STRXNET installs the following init scripts in the system init directory, /etc/rc.d/init.d/ (non-Debian) or /etc/init.d/ (Debian):

strxnet
This is the name of the system init script on non-Debian based systems.
strxnet.sh
This is the name of the system init script on Debian based systems.

STRXNET installs the following system configuration files in the configuration directory, /etc/:

strxnet.conf
This file provided configuration information for any system controls affected by the ‘strxnet’ package.
modutils/strxnet
This file provides module definitions and demand loading aliases for the strxnet package. This file is really only applicable to older 2.4 kernels.

STRXNET installs the following system configuration file in the system configuration directory, /etc/sysconfig/ (non-Debian) or /etc/default/ (Debian):

strxnet
This file provides system configuration information used by init scripts for the ‘strxnet’ package. Some options of init script execution can be controlled by this file.

STRXNET installs the following info files in the system info directory, /usr/share/info/:

strxnet.info
strxnet.info-1
strxnet.info-2
These files contain this manual in GNU info format.
libxnet.info
An incomplete info manual for the libxnet library. See the manual pages, libxnet(3), instead.
tpi.info
tpi_tcap.info

STRXNET installs the following manual page macros and reference database files in the system man directory, /usr/share/man/:13

strxnet.macros
This file contains manual page macro definitions included by the manual pages included in the package.
strxnet.refs
This file contains a reference database referenced by the manual pages included in the package.

STRXNET installs the following manual pages in the system man directory, /usr/share/man/man3/:

t_accept.3
t_addleaf.3
t_alloc.3
t_bind.3
t_close.3
t_connect.3
t_errlist.3
t_errno.3
t_error.3
t_errstr.3
t_free.3
t_getinfo.3
t_getprotaddr.3
t_getstate.3
t_listen.3
t_look.3
t_nerr.3
t_open.3
t_optmgmt.3
t_rcv.3
t_rcvconnect.3
t_rcvdis.3
t_rcvleafchange.3
t_rcvopt.3
t_rcvrel.3
t_rcvreldata.3
t_rcvudata.3
t_rcvuderr.3
t_rcvv.3
t_rcvvopt.3
t_rcvvudata.3
t_removeleaf.3
t_snd.3
t_snddis.3
t_sndopt.3
t_sndrel.3
t_sndreldata.3
t_sndudata.3
t_sndv.3
t_sndvopt.3
t_sndvudata.3
t_strerror.3
t_sync.3
t_sysconf.3
t_unbind.3
xnet.3
xti.3

STRXNET installs the following manual pages in the system man directory, /usr/share/man/man4/:

timod.4
tirdwr.4

STRXNET installs the following manual pages in the system man directory, /usr/share/man/man5/:

strxnet.5
manual page for the strxnet(5) package.

STRXNET installs the following manual pages in the system man directory, /usr/share/man/man7/:

T_ADDR_ACK.7
T_addr_ack.7
T_ADDR_REQ.7
T_addr_req.7
T_BIND_ACK.7
T_bind_ack.7
T_BIND_REQ.7
T_bind_req.7
T_CAPABILITY_ACK.7
T_capability_ack.7
T_CAPABILITY_REQ.7
T_capability_req.7
T_CONN_CON.7
T_conn_con.7
T_CONN_IND.7
T_conn_ind.7
T_CONN_REQ.7
T_conn_req.7
T_CONN_RES.7
T_conn_res.7
T_DATA_IND.7
T_data_ind.7
T_DATA_REQ.7
T_data_req.7
T_DISCON_IND.7
T_discon_ind.7
T_DISCON_REQ.7
T_discon_req.7
T_ERROR_ACK.7
T_error_ack.7
T_EXDATA_IND.7
T_exdata_ind.7
T_EXDATA_REQ.7
T_exdata_req.7
T_INFO_ACK.7
T_info_ack.7
T_INFO_REQ.7
T_info_req.7
T_OK_ACK.7
T_ok_ack.7
T_OPTDATA_IND.7
T_optdata_ind.7
T_OPTDATA_REQ.7
T_optdata_req.7
T_OPTMGMT_ACK.7
T_optmgmt_ack.7
T_OPTMGMT_REQ.7
T_optmgmt_req.7
T_ORDREL_IND.7
T_ordrel_ind.7
T_ORDREL_REQ.7
T_ordrel_req.7
tpi.7
T_UDERROR_IND.7
T_uderror_ind.7
T_UNBIND_REQ.7
T_unbind_req.7
T_UNITDATA_IND.7
T_unitdata_ind.7
T_UNITDATA_REQ.7
T_unitdata_req.7

STRXNET installs the following manual pages in the system man directory, /usr/share/man/man8/:

strxnet_mknod.8
Documentation for the strxnet_mknod(8) utility program.
test-timod.8
test-tirdwr.8
test-xnet.8
test-xnet_thr.8

3.2 Drivers

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package does not provide any STREAMS drivers: only STREAMS modules.

3.3 Modules

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package provides the following STREAMS modules:

3.3.1 Transport Interface Module

Licensing

The timod(4) module is licensed under the AGPL Version 3 (see GNU Affero General Public License). Other licensing terms are available from OpenSS7 Corporation.

3.3.2 Transport Interface Read-Write Module

Licensing

The tirdwr(4) module is licensed under the AGPL Version 3 (see GNU Affero General Public License). Other licensing terms are available from OpenSS7 Corporation.

3.4 Libraries

During the installation process of OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking a subroutine library is build and installed. For 64-bit systems that support 32-bit compatibility, two version of each library are build and installed: one 64-bit native library and one 32-bit compatibility library. 64-bit native libraries are installed to the /usr/lib64 subdirectory. 32-bit native and 32-bit compatibility libraries are installed to the /usr/lib subdirectory.

libxnet.so.0.0.0
libxnet.so.0
libxnet.so
Provides a shared object library for use by XTI/TLI applications programs.
libxnet.a
Provides a static library for use by XTI/TLI applications programs.
libxnet.la
Provides the libtool definitions for the libraries.

3.4.1 libxnet Library Routines

The following routines are present in the libxnet libraries. The routines in these libraries are standard XTI/TLI interface library calls documented in XNS 5.2.14 Refer to the associated manual pages for detailed information on these routines.

t_accept(3)accept a connection request.
t_addleaf(3)add a point to a point-to-multi-point connection.
t_alloc(3)allocate a library structure.
t_bind(3)bind to a transport endpoint.
t_close(3)close a transport endpoint.
t_connect(3)establish a transport connection.
t_errlist(3)describe an XTI/TLI library error.
t_errno(3)TLI error number.
t_error(3)print an error message.
t_errstr(3)describe an XTI/TLI library error.
t_free(3)free an XTI/TLI library structure.
t_getinfo(3)get protocol information.
t_getprotaddr(3)get protocol addresses.
t_getstate(3)get interface state.
t_listen(3)listen for a transport connection request.
t_look(3)look for a transport event.
t_nerr(3)describe an XTI/TLI library error.
t_open(3)open a transport endpoint.
t_optmgmt(3)manage transport options.
t_rcv(3)receive transport data.
t_rcvconnect(3)receive connection request confirmation.
t_rcvdis(3)receive abortive disconnect.
t_rcvleafchange(3)receive addition of point to point-to-multi-point connection.
t_rcvopt(3)receive unit data.
t_rcvrel(3)acknowledge orderly release request.
t_rcvreldata(3)acknowledge orderly release request with data.
t_rcvudata(3)receive unit data.
t_rcvuderr(3)receive unit data error.
t_rcvv(3)receive data and scatter.
t_rcvvopt(3)receive data with options and scatter.
t_rcvvudata(3)receive unit data and scatter.
t_removeleaf(3)remove a point from a point-to-multi-point connection.
t_snd(3)send transport data.
t_snddis(3)send abortive disconnect.
t_sndopt(3)send transport data with options.
t_sndrel(3)send orderly release.
t_sndreldata(3)send orderly release with data.
t_sndudata(3)send unit data.
t_sndv(3)gather and send data.
t_sndvopt(3)gather and send data with options.
t_sndvudata(3)gather and send unit data.
t_strerror(3)describe an XTI/TLI library error.
t_sync(3)synchronize XTI/TLI library with TLI provider.
t_sysconf(3)configure XTI/TLI library parameters.
t_unbind(3)unbind a transport endpoint.

3.4.2 Using the Library

The use the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking libraries, include the file xti.h in the application program source code. On the compiler command line, add the option ‘-I/usr/include/strxnet’ to include the version of xti.h that is distributed with OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking.

When linking the application program, or performing final gcc to build an executable, include one of the following option on the gcc or ld command line:

/usr/lib/libxnet.a
-lstreams -static
Links against the static version of the library.
-lstreams
-lstreams -shared
Links against the shared object version of the library.
/usr/lib/libxnet.la
Used with libtool to link additional convenience libraries against the shared or static version of the library.

Failure to link the executable runtime path for libxnet will result in linker-loader errors specifying undefined symbols. See Development, for more information.

Licensing

The libxnet(3) library is licensed under the LGPL Version 3 (see GNU Lesser Public License). Other licensing terms are available from OpenSS7 Corporation.

3.5 Utilities

3.5.1 Init Scripts

Following are System V Init Scripts that are installed by the package:

strxnet(8) (/etc/init.d/strxnet)
strxnet.sh(8) (/etc/init.d/strxnet.sh)
System V Init Script for the XNET Subsystem. The strxnet(8) init script provides the ability to initialize, configure and mount the XNS subsystem, strxnet(5). The strxnet(8) script provides the RedHat-style init script, whereas the strxnet.sh(8) script provides the Debian-style init script.

See strxnet(8) for more information.

3.5.2 Administrative Utilities

Following are user utilities for manipulating XNET:

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package does not yet contain any administrative utilities. Eventually an xtitrace(8) facility will be provided.

3.5.3 Performance Test Programs

Following are performance test programs:

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package does not yet contain any performance programs. For performance testing of various transport providers, see the netperf-2.3.7 package.

3.5.4 Conformance Test Programs

Following are conformance and validation test programs included in the package:

test-timod(8) (/usr/libexec/strxnet/test-timod)
The test-timod(8) C-language program is a conformance and validation test program, in the OpenSS7 Project style, for the timod(4) STREAMS module.
test-tirdwr(8) (/usr/libexec/strxnet/test-tirdwr)
The test-tirdwr(8) C-language program is a conformance and validation test program, in the OpenSS7 Project style, for the tirdwr(4) STREAMS module.
test-xnet(8) (/usr/libexec/strxnet/test-xnet)
The test-xnet(8) C-language program is a conformance and validation test program, in the OpenSS7 Project style, for the xnet(3) library. This test program is single-threaded.
test-xnet_thr(8) (/usr/libexec/strxnet/test-xnet_thr)
The test-xnet(8) C-language program is a conformance and validation test program, in the OpenSS7 Project style, for the xnet(3) library. This test program is multiple-threaded.
/usr/libexec/strxnet/testsuite
/usr/libexec/strxnet/atlocal
The OpenSS7 Project style autotest test suite. This test suite can be run stand-alone as described under Running Test Suites. The atlocal file provides localized definitions for the test suite.

For the proper way to execute these validation test programs in a conformance and validation test suite, see Running Test Suites.

3.5.5 Problem Report Scripts

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package installs customized problem reporting scripts for reporting problems associated with test suite execution and other difficulties. This problem reporting script is installed in the /usr/libexec/strxnet/ subdirectory as follows:

/usr/libexec/strxnet/send-pr
/usr/libexec/strxnet/send-pr.config
This is the problem reporting script tailored for the strxnet-0.9.2.12 package. The send-pr file is the script proper and the send-pr.config file contains localized configuration information.

For more information on the use of the problem reporting scripts, see Generating Problem Reports.

4 Development

OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking provides all of the header files, shared object and static libraries, manual pages and documentation necessary for the development of both user space applications programs and kernel space STREAMS modules and drivers based on the package. The sections that follow describe these development facilities.

4.1 Header Files

Header files are installed, typically, in the /usr/include/strxnet/ subdirectory. To use the header files from the package, ‘-I/usr/include/strxnet’ must be included in the gcc command line as a preprocessor option.

In general, ‘-I’ include preprocessor directives on the gcc command line should be ordered in the reverse order of the dependencies between packages. So, for example, if the include files from all add-on packages are required, the order of these directives would be: ‘-I/usr/include/strxnet’ ‘-I/usr/include/strxns’ ‘-I/usr/include/strcompat’ ‘-I/usr/include/streams’.

Following are the user visible header files provided by the strxnet-0.9.2.12 package in the directory /usr/include/strxnet:

sys/strxnet/config.h
Configuration defines for the package.
sys/strxnet/version.h
Module versions for the package (on 2.4 systems).
tihdr.h
sys/tihdr.h
Primary header file defining the Transport Provider Interface for use by kernel space programs. This file is normally included directly by kernel modules implementing the Transport Provider Interface. See tpi(7) for more information.
tiuser.h
sys/tiuser.h
Primary header file defining the Transport Provider Interface for use by user space programs. This file is normally included directly by applications programs directly using the Transport Provider Interface. See tpi(7) for more information.
timod.h
sys/timod.h
Header file defining the input-output control interface to the timod(4) STREAMS module. THis file is normally only included by the XTI/TLI library. See timod(4) for more information.
tirdwr.h
sys/tirdwr.h
Header file defining the input-output control interface to the tirdwr(4) STREAMS module. This header file is normaly only included by the XTI/TLI library. See tirdwr(4) for more information.
sys/tli.h
Header file defining the TLI library interface. This header file is included by applications programs wishing to use the TLI library interface. See tli(3) for more information.
sys/tpi.h
Header file defining the Transport Provider Interface. This head file is normally included by kernel modules implementing the Transport Provider Interface. See tpi(7) for more information.
ticlts.h
sys/ticlts.h
Header file providing Transport Provider Interface definitions for the connectionless transport interface. This header file is not used.
ticots.h
sys/ticots.h
Header file providing Transport Provider Interface definitions for the connection-oriented transport interface. This header file is not used.
ticotsord.h
sys/ticotsord.h
Header file providing Transport Provider Interface definitions for the connection-oriented with orderly release transport interface. This header file is not used.
xti.h
xti_inet.h
sys/xti.h
Primary header files defining the XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by applications programs wishing to use the XTI library interface. See xti(3) for more information.
sys/xti_local.h
System specific header file for the Local XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by xti.h and does not need to be directly included by the applications program. See xti(3) for more information.
sys/xti_xti.h
System specific header file for the Generic XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by xti.h and does not need to be directly included by the applications program. See xti(3) for more information.
sys/xti_inet.h
System specific header file for the Internet Protocol Suite XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by xti.h and does not need to be directly included by the applications program. See xti(3) for more information.
sys/xti_ip.h
System specific header file for the Internet Protocol XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by xti.h and does not need to be directly included by the applications program. See xti(3) for more information.
sys/xti_udp.h
System specific header file for the User Datagram Protocol XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by xti.h and does not need to be directly included by the applications program. See xti(3) for more information.
sys/xti_tcp.h
System specific header file for the Transmission Control Protocol XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by xti.h and does not need to be directly included by the applications program. See xti(3) for more information.
sys/xti_sctp.h
System specific header file for the Stream Control Transmission Protocol XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by xti.h and does not need to be directly included by the applications program. See xti(3) for more information.
sys/xti_osi.h
System specific header file for the OSI/ISO XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by xti.h and does not need to be directly included by the applications program. See xti(3) for more information.
sys/xti_mosi.h
System specific header file for the Minimal OSI XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by xti.h and does not need to be directly included by the applications program. See xti(3) for more information.
sys/xti_atm.h
System specific header file for the Asynchronous Transfer Mode XTI library interface. This header file is normally included by xti.h and does not need to be directly included by the applications program. See xti(3) for more information.

4.1.1 User Space Programs

Typical include files for interacting with Transport providers from user space include the tli.h, xti.h, or tiuser.h header files. Additional header files for interacting with specific drivers or modules may also be required. The tli.h header file is used for interacting with the old TLI library. The xti.h header file is for interacting with the newer XTI library. The tiuser.h header file is for directly passing TPI service primitives to and from the Transport provider using getpmsg(2) and putpmsg(2s).

4.1.2 Kernel Space Drivers and Modules

Typical include files for writing STREAMS module and drivers implementing transport providers in kernels space include tihdr.h or tpi.h. Both header files provide access to definitions for the TPI interface and additional XTI definitions for use by STREAMS drivers and modules. Additional header files for interacting with specific drivers or modules may also be required.

Aside from including these header files, the general procedures for compiling STREAMS modules and drivers also apply to STREAMS modules and drivers written to the Transport Provider Interface. Examples can be found in the strinet-0.9.2.7, strsctp-0.9.2.9 and striso-0.9.2.4 packages that implement a number of transport providers.

4.2 Libraries

Shared or static version of the libxnet library must be linked when using the strxnet-0.9.2.12 package. The library must either be specified on the gcc command line as a shared library (e.g. ‘-lxnet’) or as a static library (e.g. ‘/usr/lib/libxnet.a’).

If the shared object library is linked, include the following options on the gcc command line:

-lxnet
Link to the /usr/lib/libxnet.so shared library.

If the static library is linked, include the following options on the gcc command line:

/usr/lib/libxnet.a
Link to the /usr/lib/libxnet.a static library.

4.3 Kernel Modules

Developing TPI kernel modules is similar to user space programs with regard to header files. /usr/include/strxnet should be placed as an include directory to search on the gcc command line. The rules for compiling Linux kernel modules and the rules for compiling STREAMS modules and drivers should be followed. In particular, several important intricacies should be considered:

  • The gcc compiler used to compile the kernel modules must be the same version of compiler that was used to compile the kernel and STREAMS base package.
  • The gcc command line must have the same compile flags that were used to compile the kernel and STREAMS base package. kbuild can be used to accomplish this.
  • The gcc command line must define several important kernel defines including ‘-DLINUX’, ‘-D__KERNEL__’, as well as the base name of the module. Again, kbuild can be used to accomplish this.
  • The gcc command line must include several important files directly on the command line, such as, ‘--include /lib/modules/2.4.20-28.7/build/include/linux/autoconf.h’ and ‘--include /lib/modules/2.4.20-28.7/build/include/linux/modversions.h’.15

4.4 Manual Pages

The strxnet-0.9.2.12 package installs a number of manual pages in the /usr/share/man directory as follows:

The following manual pages are installed in Section 3 of the manual (in the subdirectory /usr/share/man/man3):

t_accept(3)accept a connection request.
t_addleaf(3)add a point to a point-to-multi-point connection.
t_alloc(3)allocate a library structure.
t_bind(3)bind to a transport endpoint.
t_close(3)close a transport endpoint.
t_connect(3)establish a transport connection.
t_errlist(3)describe an XTI/TLI library error.
t_errno(3)TLI error number.
t_error(3)print an error message.
t_errstr(3)describe an XTI/TLI library error.
t_free(3)free an XTI/TLI library structure.
t_getinfo(3)get protocol information.
t_getprotaddr(3)get protocol addresses.
t_getstate(3)get interface state.
t_listen(3)listen for a transport connection request.
t_look(3)look for a transport event.
t_nerr(3)describe an XTI/TLI library error.
t_open(3)open a transport endpoint.
t_optmgmt(3)manage transport options.
t_rcv(3)receive transport data.
t_rcvconnect(3)receive connection request confirmation.
t_rcvdis(3)receive abortive disconnect.
t_rcvleafchange(3)receive addition of point to point-to-multi-point connection.
t_rcvopt(3)receive unit data.
t_rcvrel(3)acknowledge orderly release request.
t_rcvreldata(3)acknowledge orderly release request with data.
t_rcvudata(3)receive unit data.
t_rcvuderr(3)receive unit data error.
t_rcvv(3)receive data and scatter.
t_rcvvopt(3)receive data with options and scatter.
t_rcvvudata(3)receive unit data and scatter.
t_removeleaf(3)remove a point from a point-to-multi-point connection.
t_snd(3)send transport data.
t_snddis(3)send abortive disconnect.
t_sndopt(3)send transport data with options.
t_sndrel(3)send orderly release.
t_sndreldata(3)send orderly release with data.
t_sndudata(3)send unit data.
t_sndv(3)gather and send data.
t_sndvopt(3)gather and send data with options.
t_sndvudata(3)gather and send unit data.
t_strerror(3)describe an XTI/TLI library error.
t_sync(3)synchronize XTI/TLI library with TLI provider.
t_sysconf(3)configure XTI/TLI library parameters.
t_unbind(3)unbind a transport endpoint.
xnet(3)XNS 5.2 XTI/TLI Library (libxnet)
xti(3)XNS 5.2 XTI/TLI Library (libxnet)

The following manual pages are installed in Section 4 of the manual (in the subdirectory /usr/share/man/man4):

timod(4)a STREAMS XTI/TLI compatibility interface.
tirdwr(4)a STREAMS XTI/TLI read write compatibility module.

The following manual pages are installed in Section 5 of the manual (in the subdirectory /usr/share/man/man5):

strxnet(5)OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package.

The following manual pages are installed in Section 7 of the manual (in the subdirectory /usr/share/man/man7):

tpi(7)Transport Provider Interface
T_ADDR_ACK(7)protocol address acknowledgement.
T_ADDR_REQ(7)get protocol address request.
T_BIND_ACK(7)bind protocol address acknowledgement.
T_BIND_REQ(7)bind protocol address request.
T_CAPABILITY_ACK(7)protocol capability acknowledgement.
T_CAPABILITY_REQ(7)protocol capability acknowledgement.
T_CONN_CON(7)connection confirm.
T_CONN_IND(7)connect indication.
T_CONN_REQ(7)connect request.
T_CONN_RES(7)connection response.
T_DATA_IND(7)data indication.
T_DATA_REQ(7)data request.
T_DISCON_IND(7)disconnect indication.
T_DISCON_REQ(7)disconnect request.
T_ERROR_ACK(7)error acknowledgement.
T_EXDATA_IND(7)expedited data indication.
T_EXDATA_REQ(7)expedited data request.
T_INFO_ACK(7)protocol information acknowledgement.
T_INFO_REQ(7)get transport protocol parameter sizes.
T_OK_ACK(7)success acknowledgement.
T_OPTDATA_IND(7)data indication with options.
T_OPTDATA_REQ(7)data request with options.
T_OPTMGMT_ACK(7)options management acknowledgement.
T_OPTMGMT_REQ(7)options management.
T_ORDREL_IND(7)orderly release indication.
T_ORDREL_REQ(7)orderly release request.
T_UDERROR_IND(7)unit data error indication.
T_UNBIND_REQ(7)unbind protocol address request.
T_UNITDATA_IND(7)unit data indication.
T_UNITDATA_REQ(7)unit data request.
T_addr_ack(7)protocol address acknowledgement.
T_addr_req(7)get protocol address request.
T_bind_ack(7)bind protocol address acknowledgement.
T_bind_req(7)bind protocol address request.
T_capability_ack(7)protocol capability acknowledgement.
T_capability_req(7)protocol capability acknowledgement.
T_conn_con(7)connection confirm.
T_conn_ind(7)connect indication.
T_conn_req(7)connect request.
T_conn_res(7)connection response.
T_data_ind(7)data indication.
T_data_req(7)data request.
T_discon_ind(7)disconnect indication.
T_discon_req(7)disconnect request.
T_error_ack(7)error acknowledgement.
T_exdata_ind(7)expedited data indication.
T_exdata_req(7)expedited data request.
T_info_ack(7)protocol information acknowledgement.
T_info_req(7)get transport protocol parameter sizes.
T_ok_ack(7)success acknowledgement.
T_optdata_ind(7)data indication with options.
T_optdata_req(7)data request with options.
T_optmgmt_ack(7)options management acknowledgement.
T_optmgmt_req(7)options management.
T_ordrel_ind(7)orderly release indication.
T_ordrel_req(7)orderly release request.
T_uderror_ind(7)unit data error indication.
T_unbind_req(7)unbind protocol address request.
T_unitdata_ind(7)unit data indication.
T_unitdata_req(7)unit data request.

The following manual pages are installed in Section 8 of the manual (in the subdirectory /usr/share/man/man8):

strxnet_mknod(8)create or remove STREAMS XNET device nodes.
test-timod(8)a test suite executable for the timod(4) STREAMS module.
test-tirdwr(8)a test suite executable for the tirdwr(4) STREAMS module.
test-xnet(8)a test suite executable for the xnet(3) STREAMS library.
test-xnet_thr(8)a test suite executable for the xnet(3) STREAMS library.

5 Conformance

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is compliant to a number of standards specifications as follows:

5.1 TPI Compatibility

The Transport Provider Interface provided by the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is compliant with XPG3, XPG4, and the Transport Provider Interface (TPI) Revision 1.5 (from UNIX International) and Transport Provider Interface (TPI) Revision 2.0.0. (from The Open Group).

Conformance of the tirdwr(4) read write cooperating module mentioned in the TPI specification is tested for compliance with the test-tirdwr(8) test case executable and the autotest test suite. See Conformance Test Programs, for more information.

5.2 XTI Compatibility

The X/Open Transport Interface provided by the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is compliant with XPG3, XPG4, and the X/Open Transport Interface present in X/Open Networking Services Release 4.2 (XNS 4.2) and X/Open Networking Services Release 5.2 (XNS 5.2), part of the standards necessary for UNIX '95 branding.

Conformance of the package to the XTI specification is tested using the test-xnet(8) and test-xnet_thr(8) test case executables and the autotest test suite. Both native and 32-bit compatibility modes over 64-bit native kernels are tested by these test suites. Also, the test-timod(8) test case executable, and the autotest test suite, test the XTI library cooperating module, timod(4) for compliance. See Conformance Test Programs, for more information.

5.3 TLI Compatibility

The X/Open Transport Interface is not compatible with the older AT&T UNIX System Laboratories Transport Layer Interface (TLI) in a number of respects where the TLI differs from the XTI. Nevertheless, the older TLI declarations are also provided in the tiuser.h header file.

6 Releases

This is the OpenSS7 Release of the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking tools, drivers and modules used with the Linux Fast-STREAMS or Linux STREAMS16 SVR 4.2 STREAMS releases.

The purpose of providing a separate release of this package was to separate the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking tools, headers, drivers and modules from the Linux STREAMS17 package for use with both Linux STREAMS18 and Linux Fast-STREAMS in preparation for replacement of the former by the later.

The following sections provide information on OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking releases as well as compatibility information of OpenSS7 release to mainstream UNIX releases of the core, modules and drivers, as well as Linux kernel compatibility.

6.1 Prerequisites

The quickest and easiest way to ensure that all prerequisites are met is to download and install this package from within the OpenSS7 Master Package, openss7-0.9.2.G, instead of separately.

Prerequisites for the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package are as follows:

  1. Linux distribution, somewhat Linux Standards Base compliant, with a 2.4 or 2.6 kernel and the appropriate tool chain for compiling out-of-tree kernel modules. Most recent Linux distributions are usable out of the box, but some development packages must be installed. For more information, see Compatibility.

    − A fairly LSB compliant GNU/Linux distribution.19
    − Linux 2.4 kernel (2.4.10 - 2.4.27), or
    − Linux 2.6 kernel (2.6.3 - 2.6.26);
    − glibc2 or better.
    − GNU groff (for man pages).20
    − GNU texinfo (for info files).

(Note: If you acquired strxnet a part of the OpenSS7 Master Package, then the dependencies listed below will already have been met by unpacking the master package.)

  1. OpenSS7 Linux Fast-STREAMS, streams-0.9.2.4. 21
  2. OpenSS7 STREAMS Compatibility Modules, strcompat-0.9.2.7.
  3. OpenSS7 STREAMS XNS, strxns-0.9.2.7.

If you need to rebuild the package from sources with modifications, you will need a larger GNU tool chain as described in See Downloading from CVS.

6.2 Compatibility

This section discusses compatibility with major prerequisites.

6.2.1 GNU/Linux Distributions

OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking is compatible with the following Linux distributions:22

  • CentOS Enterprise Linux 3.4 (centos34) TBD
  • CentOS Enterprise Linux 4.0 (centos4) TBD
  • CentOS Enterprise Linux 4.92 (centos49) TBD
  • CentOS Enterprise Linux 5.0 (centos5)
  • CentOS Enterprise Linux 5.1 (centos51)
  • CentOS Enterprise Linux 5.2 (centos52)
  • Debian 3.0r2 Woody (deb3.0) TBD
  • Debian 3.1r0a Sarge (deb3.1) TBD
  • Debian 4.0r1 Etch (deb4.0)
  • Debian 4.0r2 Etch (deb4.0)
  • Debian 4.0r3 Etch (deb4.0)
  • Fedora Core 1 (FC1) TBD
  • Fedora Core 2 (FC2) TBD
  • Fedora Core 3 (FC3) TBD
  • Fedora Core 4 (FC4) TBD
  • Fedora Core 5 (FC5) TBD
  • Fedora Core 6 (FC6) TBD
  • Fedora 7 (FC7)
  • Fedora 8 (FC8)
  • Fedora 9 (FC9)
  • Gentoo 2006.1 (untested) TBD
  • Gentoo 2007.1 (untested) TBD
  • Lineox 4.026 (LEL4) TBD
  • Lineox 4.053 (LEL4) TBD
  • Mandrakelinux 9.2 (MDK92) TBD
  • Mandrakelinux 10.0 (MDK100) TBD
  • Mandrakelinux 10.1 (MDK101) TBD
  • Mandriva Linux LE2005 (MDK102) TBD
  • Mandriva Linux LE2006 (MDK103) TBD
  • Mandriva One (untested)
  • RedHat Linux 7.2 (RH7)
  • RedHat Linux 7.3 (RH7)
  • RedHat Linux 8.0 (RH8) TBD
  • RedHat Linux 9 (RH9) TBD
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3.0 (EL3) TBD
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 (EL4)
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 (EL5)
  • SuSE 8.0 Professional (SuSE8.0) TBD
  • SuSE 9.1 Personal (SuSE9.1) TBD
  • SuSE 9.2 Professional (SuSE9.2) TBD
  • SuSE OpenSuSE (SuSEOSS) TBD
  • SuSE 10.0 (SuSE10.0) TBD
  • SuSE 10.1 (SuSE10.1) TBD
  • SuSE 10.2 (SuSE10.2) TBD
  • SuSE 10.3 (SuSE10.3) TBD
  • SuSE 11.0 (SuSE11.0)
  • SLES 9 (SLES9) TBD
  • SLES 9 SP2 (SLES9) TBD
  • SLES 9 SP3 (SLES9) TBD
  • SLES 10 (SLES10)
  • Ubuntu 5.10 (ubu5.10) TBD
  • Ubuntu 6.03 LTS (ubu6.03) TBD
  • Ubuntu 6.10 (ubu6.10) TBD
  • Ubuntu 7.04 (ubu7.04) TBD
  • Ubuntu 7.10 (ubu7.10)
  • Ubuntu 8.04 (ubu8.04)
  • WhiteBox Enterprise Linux 3.0 (WBEL3) TBD
  • WhiteBox Enterprise Linux 4 (WBEL4) TBD

When installing from the tarball (see Installing the Tar Ball), this distribution is probably compatible with a much broader array of distributions than those listed above. These are the distributions against which the current maintainer creates and tests builds.

6.2.2 Kernel

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package compiles as a Linux kernel module. It is not necessary to patch the Linux kernel to build or use the package.23 Nor do you have to recompile your kernel to build or use the package. OpenSS7 packages use autoconf scripts to adapt the package source to your existing kernel. The package builds and runs nicely against production kernels from the distributions listed above. Rather than relying on kernel versions, the autoconf scripts interrogate the kernel for specific features and variants to better adapt to distribution production kernels that have had patches applied over the official kernel.org sources.

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is compatible with 2.4 kernel series after 2.4.10 and has been tested up to and including 2.4.27. It has been tested from 2.6.3 up to and including 2.6.26 (with Fedora 9, openSUSE 11.0 and Ubuntu 8.04 patchsets). Please note that your mileage may vary if you use a kernel more recent than 2.6.26.4: it is difficult to anticipate changes that kernel developers will make in the future. Many kernels in the 2.6 series now vary widely by release version and if you encounter problems, try a kernel within the supported series.

UP validation testing for kernels is performed on all supported architectures. SMP validation testing was initially performed on UP machines, as well as on an Intel 3.0GHz Pentium IV 630 with HyperThreading enabled (2x). Because HyperThreading is not as independent as multiple CPUs, SMP validation testing was limited. Current releases have been tested on dual 1.8GHz Xeon HP servers (2x) as well as dual quad-core SunFire (8x) servers.

It should be noted that, while the packages will configure, build and install against XEN kernels, that problems running validation test suites against XEN kernels has been reported. XEN kernels are explicitly not supported. This may change at some point in the future if someone really requires running OpenSS7 under a XEN kernel.

6.2.3 Architectures

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package compiles and installs on a wide range of architectures. Although it is believed that the package will work on all architectures supported by the Linux kernel being used, validation testing has only been performed with the following architectures:

  • ix86
  • x86_64
  • ppc (MPC 860)
  • ppc64

32-bit compatibility validation testing is performed on all 64-bit architectures supporting 32-bit compatibility. If you would like to validate an OpenSS7 package on a specific machine architecture, you are welcome to sponsor the project with a test machine.

6.2.4 Linux STREAMS

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is currently compatible with Linux STREAMS,24 however, to use the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package with LiS requires use of the OpenSS7 release packages of LiS. The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is compatible with the OpenSS7 LiS-2.18.7 release that is available from the The OpenSS7 Project Downloads Page. But, do not use LiS: it is buggy, unsupported and deprecated. Use Linux Fast-STREAMS instead.

6.2.5 Linux Fast-STREAMS

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is currently compatible with Linux Fast-STREAMS (LfS). The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is compatible with the OpenSS7 streams-0.9.2.4 release that is available from the The OpenSS7 Project Downloads Page.

6.3 Release Notes

The sections that follow provide information on OpenSS7 releases of the
OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package.

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2.12

This OpenSS7 Project release is another separate release of the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package whose components were formerly part of the strinet package. These networking modules provide TPI and XTI/TLI library, as well as providing TPI and XTI header files. The package contains all the necessary manual pages and other documentation, including a reprint of the TPI 1.5 specification, for XTI components. The package is packaged as an OpenSS7 style autoconf tarball.

This release is a stable, production grade release and is part of the OpenSS7 Master Package (openss7-0.9.2.G).

This release is primarily a maintenance release to support recent distributions and tool chains.

Major features since the last public release are as follows:

  • Added ability of XTI library to pass additional flags when sending and receiving data for XTI(XX25) implementation.
  • Kernel module license made explicit "GPL v2". And then changed back to "GPL".
  • License upgrade to AGPL Version 3.
  • Ability to strap out major documentation build and installation primarily for embedded targets.
  • Improvements to common build process for embedded and cross-compile targets.

This is a public stable production grade release of the package: it deprecates previous releases. Please upgrade to the current release before reporting bugs.

As with other OpenSS7 releases, this release configures, compiles, installs and builds RPMs and DEBs for a wide range of Linux 2.4 and 2.6 RPM- and DPKG-based distributions, and can be used on production kernels without patching or recompiling the kernel.

This package is publicly released under the GNU Affero General Public License Version 3. The release is available as an autoconf tarball, SRPM, DSC, and set of binary RPMs and DEBs. See the downloads page for the autoconf tarballs, SRPMs and DSCs. For tarballs, SRPMs, DSCs and binary RPMs and DEBs, see the strxnet package page.

See http://www.openss7.org/codefiles/strxnet-0.9.2.12/ChangeLog and http://www.openss7.org/codefiles/strxnet-0.9.2.12/NEWS in the release for more information. Also, see the strxnet.pdf manual in the release (also in html http://www.openss7.org/strxnet_manual.html).

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2.11

This OpenSS7 Project release is another separate release of the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package whose components were formerly part of the strinet package. These networking modules provide TPI and XTI/TLI library, as well as providing TPI and XTI header files. The package contains all the necessary manual pages and other documentation, including a reprint of the TPI 1.5 specification, for XTI components. The package is packaged as an OpenSS7 style autoconf tarball.

This release is a stable, production grade release and is part of the OpenSS7 Master Package (openss7-0.9.2.F).

This release is primarily a maintenance release to support recent distributions and tool chains.

Major features since the last public release are as follows:

  • Support build on openSUSE 10.2.
  • Support build on Fedora 7 with 2.6.21 kernel.
  • Support build on CentOS 5.0 (RHEL5).
  • Support build on Ubuntu 7.04.
  • Updated to gettext 0.16.1.
  • Changes to support build on 2.6.20-1.2307.fc5 and 2.6.20-1.2933.fc6 kernel.
  • Supports build on Fedora Core 6.
  • Support for recent distributions and tool chains.

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2.10

This OpenSS7 Project release is another separate release of the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package whose components were formerly part of the strinet package. These networking modules provide TPI and XTI/TLI library, as well as providing TPI and XTI header files. The package contains all the necessary manual pages and other documentation, including a reprint of the TPI 1.5 specification, for XTI components. The package is packaged as an OpenSS7 style autoconf tarball.

This release is a stable, production grade release for Linux Fast-STREAMS and is part of the OpenSS7 Master Package (openss7-0.9.2.E).

This release is primarily a maintenance release to support recent distributions and tool chains.

Major features since the last public release are as follows:

  • Improvements to the common build environment with better support for standalone package builds on 2.4 kernels.
  • Support for autoconf 2.61, automake 1.10 and gettext 0.16.
  • Support for Ubuntu 6.10 distribution and bug fixes for i386 kernels.
  • The package now looks for other subpackages with a version number as unpacked by separate tarball.

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2.9

This OpenSS7 Project release is another separate release of the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package whose components were formerly part of the strinet package. These networking modules provide TPI and XTI/TLI library, as well as providing TPI and XTI header files. The package contains all the necessary manual pages and other documentation, including a reprint of the TPI 1.5 specification, for XTI components. The package is packaged as an OpenSS7 style autoconf tarball.

This release is a stable, production grade release for Linux Fast-STREAMS and is part of the OpenSS7 Master Package (openss7-0.9.2.G).

This release is primarily a maintenance release. No significant defect corrections or development has been applied. This release is a stable production release for Linux Fast-STREAMS. Support for LiS is deprecated as of this release.

The release provides the following enhancements and fixes:

  • Support for most recent 2.6.18 kernels (including Fedora Core 5 with inode diet patch set).
  • Added Network Services Library containing network selection facility as well as name-to-address mapping functions ala ONC RPC. This library has subsequently been moved to the strnxsl package.
  • Now builds 32-bit compatibility libraries and tests them against 64-bit kernel modules and drivers. The ‘make installcheck’ target will now automatically test both 64-bit native and 32-bit compatibility versions, one after the other, on 64-bit platforms.
  • Added versions to all library symbols.
  • Many documentation updates for all OpenSS7 packages. Automated release file generation making for vastly improved and timely text documentation present in the release directory.
  • Dropped support for LiS.
  • Updated init scripts for proper addition and removal of modules.
  • Start assigning majors at major device number 231 instead of major device number 230. Assign major device number 230 explicitly to the clone device. Package will now support extended ranges of minor devices on 2.6 kernels under Linux Fast-STREAMS only. strxnet now supports expanded addressable minor device numbers, permitting 2^16 addressable minor devices per major device number on 2.6 kernels: LiS cannot support this change.
  • Better detection of SUSE distributions, release numbers and SLES distributions: support for additional SuSE distributions on ix86 as well as x86_64. Added distribution support includes SLES 9, SLES 9 SP2, SLES 9 SP3, SLES 10, SuSE 10.1.
  • Improved compiler flag generation and optimizations for recent gcc compilers and some idiosyncratic behaviour for some distributions (primarily SUSE).
  • Optimized compilation is now available also for user level programs in addition to kernel programs. Added new --with-optimize option to configure to accomplish this.
  • Added --disable-devel configure option to suppress building and installing development environment. This feature is for embedded or pure runtime targets that do not need the development environment (static libraries, manual pages, documentation).
  • Added send-pr script for automatic problem report generation.
  • The package will now build doxygen(1) html documentation with the 'doxy' make target. See 'make help' or README-make in the distribution for more information.

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2.8

This release is primarily to support additional compilers (gcc 4.0.2), architectures (x86_64, SMP, 32-bit compatibility), recent Linux distributions (EL4, SuSE 10, LE2006, OpenSuSE) and kernels (2.6.15).

This is primarily a maintenance release. Validated for operation on x86_64 SMP kernel using Linux Fast-STREAMS. Changes included to handle __LP64__ kernels. Corrected build flags for Gentoo and 2.6.15 kernels as reported on mailing list. Corrects one bug from inspection.

  • Changes necessary for __LP64__ compatible builds. Changes to support 32-bit ioctl compatibility for __LP64__ architectures. Binary compatibility should not have been disrupted. At the same time as the ioctl32 changes, TRANSPARENT ioctl support for most of the IO controls for the ldl(4) driver has been added.
  • Changes to satisfy gcc 4.0.2 compiler.
  • Corrections for and testing of 64-bit clean compile and test runs on x86_64 architecture. Some bug corrections resulting from gcc 4.0.2 compiler warnings.
  • Corrected build flags for Gentoo and 2.6.15 kernels as reported on mailing list.
  • Initial corrections for and testing of SMP operation on Intel 630 Hyper-Threaded SMP on x86_64. This package should now run well on N-way Xeons even with Hyper-Threading enabled.
  • Corrections and validation of 32-bit compatibility over 64-bit on x86_64. Should apply well to other 64-bit architectures as well.

This is a public stable production release of the package: it deprecates previous releases. Please upgrade to the current release before reporting bugs.

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2.7

This is primarily a bug fixes release. This release has been verified (conformance test suite passes) for operation with Linux Fast-STREAMS (streams-0.7a.4). Some test cases were updated because LiS was not operating correctly on pipes (does not send SIGPIPE on write error contrary to POSIX).

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2.6

With this release version numbers were changed to reflect an upstream version only to be consistent with other OpenSS7 package releases. All RPM release numbers will be ‘-1$(PACKAGE_RPMEXTRA)’ and all Debian release numbers will be ‘_0’. If you wish to apply patches and release the package, please bump up the release number and apply a suitable release suffix for your organization. We leave Debian release number ‘_1’ reserved for your use, so you can still bundle the source in the .dsc file.

Major changes for this release include build against Linux 2.6 kernels and popular distributions based on the 2.6 kernel as well as wider distribution support. The package also supports both LiS-2.18.1 as well as streams-0.7a on both kernels.

Removed XNS kernel modules, header files and documentation to a separate strxns-0.9.2-1 package and INET kernel modules, header files and documentation to a separate strinet-0.9.2-1 package.

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2-5

Dropped RPM epoch to 0 from 1 in preparation for RPM release. Bumped RPM release to 5.

Minor corrections: made SCTP manual pages conditional on OpenSS7 SCTP kernel.

Updated documentation and provided improvements to build process applied to other packages. This includes improvements to creation of info and pdf manuals. Update tirdwr and timod manual page.

Removed INET package from strxnet-0.9.2-5 release. This has now been moved to the strxns-0.9.225 package. Removed XNS header files and manual pages for CDI, DLPI and NPI to that package. Also removed test-inet_raw, test-inet_udp and test-inet_tcp test programs to that package. Removed /dev/inet driver to that package. Stripped out the -dev- RPM subpackage as there are no devices left in the package. Adjusted the virtual package provides naming to a more rational approach. Adjusted kernel module installation process to accommodate.

Genksyms now generates kernels symbols for all combinations of SMP and CONFIG_REGPARM kernels allowing a single modversions header file. Improved manual pages automake file fragment (am/man.am) to accommodate top-level manual pages (this was really for the netperf release).

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2-4

Changes to compile, install. Now builds rpms for Fedora Core 1 (FC1), Whitebox Enterprise Linux (WBEL) and RedHat Enterprise Linux (EL3).

Included explicit epoch in internal dependencies in .spec file for RPM versions 4.2.1, 4.2.2 and higher. Added hugemem kernel detection and moved getpmsg and putpmsg manual pages.

Correction to symbolic linking and system map file location during non-rpm autoconf installation.

Correction to zero maxlen behaviour in t_rcvconnect().

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2-3

Added check for CONFIG_REGPARM, addition of -mregparm=3 CFLAGS, addition of ‘regparm_’ prefix for exported kernel symbols.

Minor corrections to separate build directory install of devices and caching of detected kernel symbols.

Added an option for suppression of exported symbol versions (--without-modversions).

Major changes for release strxnet-0.9.2-2

A couple of corrections to the build process reported by Gurol. Changed order of build in ‘make rebuild’ target to build tools last so that the rpm debug package is build correctly on RedHat 9.

Changed MODULE_PARM to static so that ‘make install-strip’ does not strip module parameter symbols.

Initial release strxnet-0.9.2-1

Initial autoconf/RPM packaging of the strxnet release.

6.4 Maturity

The OpenSS7 Project adheres to the following release philosophy:

  • pre-alpha release
  • alpha release
  • beta release
  • gamma release
  • production release
  • unstable release

6.4.1 Pre-Alpha Releases

Pre-alpha releases are releases that have received no testing whatsoever. Code in the release is not even known to configure or compile. The purpose of a pre-alpha release is to make code and documentation available for inspection only, and to solicit comments on the design approach or other characteristics of the software package.

Pre-alpha release packages ship containing warnings recommending that the user not even execute the contained code.

6.4.2 Alpha Releases

Alpha releases are releases that have received little to no testing, or that have been tested and contains known bugs or defects that make the package unsuitable even for testing. The purpose for an alpha release are the same as for the pre-alpha release, with the additional purpose that it is an early release of partially functional code that has problems that an external developer might be willing to fix themselves and contribute back to the project.

Alpha release packages ship containing warnings that executing the code can crash machines and might possibly do damage to systems upon which it is executed.

6.4.3 Beta Releases

Beta releases are releases that have received some testing, but the testing to date is not exhaustive. Beta release packages do not ship with known defects. All known defects are resolved before distribution; however, as exhaustive testing has not been performed, unknown defects may exist. The purpose for a beta release is to provide a baseline for other organizations to participate in the rigorous testing of the package.

Beta release packages ship containing warnings that the package has not been exhaustively tested and that the package may cause systems to crash. Suitability of software in this category for production use is not advised by the project; however, as always, is at the discretion of the user of the software.

6.4.4 Gamma Releases

Gamma releases are releases that have received exhaustive testing within the project, but external testing has been minimal. Gamma release packages do not ship with known defects. As exhaustive internal testing has been performed, unknown defects should be few. Please remember that there is NO WARRANTY on public release packages.

Gamma release packages typically resolve problems in previous beta releases, and might not have had full regression testing performed. Suitability of software in this category for production use is at the discretion of the user of the software. The OpenSS7 Project recommends that the complete validation test suites provided with the package be performed and pass on target systems before considering production use.

6.4.5 Production Releases

Production releases are releases that have received exhaustive testing within the project and validated on specific distributions and architectures. Production release packages do not ship with known defects. Please remember that there is NO WARRANTY on public release packages.

Production packages ship containing a list of validated distributions and architectures. Full regression testing of any maintenance changes is performed. Suitability of software in this category for production use on the specified target distributions and architectures is at the discretion of the user. It should not be necessary to preform validation tests on the set of supported target systems before considering production use.

6.4.6 Unstable Releases

Unstable releases are releases that have received extensive testing within the project and validated on a a wide range of distributions and architectures; however, is has tested unstable and found to be suffering from critical problems and issues that cannot be resolved. Maintenance of the package has proved impossible. Unstable release packages ship with known defects (and loud warnings). Suitability of software in this category for production use is at the discretion of the user of the software. The OpenSS7 Project recommends that the problems and issues be closely examined before this software is used even in a non-production environment. Each failing test scenario should be completely avoided by the application. OpenSS7 beta software is more stable that software in this category.

6.5 Bugs

6.5.1 Defect Notices

OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking could possibly contain unknown defects. This is a production release. Nevertheless, some remaining unknown defects could possibly be harmful. Validation testing has been performed by the OpenSS7 Project and external entities on this software for the set of systems listed in the release notes. Nevertheless, the software might still fail to configure or compile on other systems. The OpenSS7 Project recommends that you validate this software for your target system before using this software. Use at your own risk. Remember that there is NO WARRANTY.26

This software is production software. As such, it is stable on validated systems but might still crash your kernel in unique circumstances. Installation of the software on a non-validated distribution might mangle your header files or Linux distribution in such a way as to make it unusable. Crashes could possibly lock your system and rebooting the system might not repair the problem. You can possibly lose all the data on your system. Because this software stands a chance of crashing your kernel, the resulting unstable system could possibly destroy computer hardware or peripherals making them unusable. You might void the warranty on any system on which you run this software. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

6.5.2 Known Defects

With the exception of packages not originally created by the OpenSS7 Project, the OpenSS7 Project software does not ship with known bugs in any release stage except pre-alpha. OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking had no known bugs at the time of release.

6.5.3 Defect History

This section contains historical bugs that were encountered during development and their resolutions. This list serves two purposes:

  1. It captures bugs encountered between releases during development that could possibly reoccur (and the Moon is made of blue cheese). It therefore provides a place for users to look if they encounter a problem.
  2. It provides a low overhead bug list between releases for developers to use as a TODO list.
Bugs
001. 2008-08-17T03:42:23+0000
The xnet and xnsl libraries were discovered to contain a thread-safety bug caused by newer behaviour of pthread_once() causing the libraries to core dump when used on recent implementations of pthreads (nptl).

*fixed* in strxnet-0.9.2.12.

6.6 Schedule

Current Plan

This package is mature and complete and in production release. The current plan is to provide only maintenance releases supporting more recent Linux distributions, kernels and tool chains as they evolve. Expect public maintenance releases on a 3 to 6 month cycle.

This package will not be maintained for use with LiS. LiS support is deprecated and has been discontinued (but still exists on the CVS archive for sponsors of the OpenSS7 Project). Use Linux Fast-STREAMS instead, please.

Things to Do
  • The texinfo manual, libxnet.texi, is incomplete. For the time being, the manual pages, starting with libxnet(3), are the definitive documentation. It would be nice to also provide these library manual pages as a printable manual, however, the project has not yet found the time to complete this manual.

    *todo*

  • There is an XTITRACE option the was associated wtih the XTI library that provided the abilty to record trace information to a temporary file and then display or print it with an xtitrace user program. This capability is not yet implemented in this XTI library and remains to be done.

    *todo*

  • Need to remove the following functions:

    t_sndopt(3),
    t_sndvopt(3),
    t_rcvopt(3) and
    t_rcvvopt(3),

    as they are non-standard and non-portable. Instead use the following functions:

    t_sndudata(3),
    t_sndvudata(3),
    t_rcvudata(3) and
    t_rcvvudata(3).

    because they have precisely the same argument templates as the other. These functions are described in the OpenGroup documentation as inapplicable to connection-oriented transports, however, we could relieve that restriction for SCTP. The characteristics to check is if T_CLTS, okay, T_COTS or T_COTS_ORD, only okay if the tsdu_size is not T_INVALID (as it is for TCP). (It would be okay to be T_INFINITE as it is for SCTP.)

    *todo*

    They may have already been removed. Verify this. They certainly have to be implemented this way yet.

  • The XTI/TLI library is now largely in maintenance mode. Not much special development is planned.
  • Full ATM Support. This is an item where the XTI implementation is lacking. When we provide full TPI ATM support under the strss7 package, then this item will be investigated.

    *todo*

  • Addition of a (unfortunately non-standard) send with options commands for SCTP.

    *done*

    Actually this was already done a long time ago. See manual pages:

    t_sndopt(3),
    t_sndvopt(3),
    t_rcvopt(3) and
    t_rcvvopt(3).

    Perhaps what needs to be done is to test them?

6.7 History

For the latest developments with regard to history of changes, please see the ChangeLog file in the release package.

7 Installation

7.1 Repositories

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package release can be accessed from the repositories of The OpenSS7 Project. For rpm(1) based systems, the package is available in a yum(8) repository based on repomd XML and may also be accessed using zypper(8) or yast(8). For dpkg(1) based systems, the package is available in a apt(8) repository.

By far the easiest (most repeatable and manageable) form for installing and using OpenSS7 packages is to install packages from the yum(8) or apt(8) repositories. If your distribution does not support yum(8), zypper(8), yast(8) or apt(8), then it is still possible to install the RPMs or DEBs from the repositories using rpm(1), dpkg(1); or by using wget(1) and then installing them from RPM or DEB using rpm(1) or dpkg(1) locally.

If binaries are not available for your distribution or specific kernel, but your distribution supports rpm(1) or dpkg(1), the next best method for installing and using OpenSS7 packages is to download and rebuild the source RPMs or DSCs from the repository. This can also be performed with yum(8), zypper(8), yast(8), apt(8); or directly using wget(1), rpm(1) or dpkg(1).

If your architecture does not support rpm(1) or dpkg(1) at all, or you have special needs (such as cross-compiling for embedded targets), the final resort method is to download, configure, build and install from tarball. In this later case, the easiest way to build and install OpenSS7 packages from tarball is to use the tarball for the OpenSS7 Master Package, openss7-0.9.2.G.

7.1.1 Repositories for YUM

To install or upgrade from the OpenSS7 repomd repositories, you will need a file in your /etc/yum.repo.d/ directory. This file can be obtained directly from the OpenSS7 repository, like so:

     $> REPOS="http://www.openss7.org/repos/rpms"
     $> wget $REPOS/centos/5.2/x86_64/repodata/openss7.repo
     $> sudo cp -f openss7.repo /etc/yum.repo.d/
     $> sudo yum makecache

This example assumes the the distribution is ‘centos’ and the distribution release is ‘5.2’ and the architecture requires is ‘x86_64’. Another example would be $REPOS/i686/suse/11.0/i686/repodata/openss7.repo, for using yum(8) with SUSE.

Once the repository is set up, OpenSS7 includes a number of virtual package definitions that eas the installation and removal of kernel modules, libraries and utilities. Downloading, configuring, building and installation for a single-kernel distribution is as easy as:

     $> sudo yum install strxnet

Removing the package is as easy as:

     $> sudo yum remove strxnet

If you have difficulty downloading the openss7.repo file, edit the following information into the file and place it into the /etc/yum.repo.d/openss7.repo file:

     -| [openss7]
     -| enabled = 1
     -| name = OpenSS7 Repository
     -| baseurl = http://www.openss7.org/repos/rpms/centos/5.2/x86_64
     -| gpgcheck = 1
     -| gpgkey = http://www.openss7.org/pubkey.asc

Note that it is also possible to point to these repositories as an additional installation source when installing CentOS, RedHat, Fedora, or others. You will have an additional STREAMS category from which to choose installation packages.

Some additional installation real or virtual package names and the installations they accomplish are as follows:

strxnet
This package can be used to install or remove the entire OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package. When installing, kernel modules will be installed automatically for the highest version kernel on your system. When removing, all corresponding kernel modules will also be removed.
strxnet-devel
This package can be used to install or remove the development components of the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package. When installing, ‘strxnet’ and appropriate kernel module and kernel module development and debug packages will also be installed. When removing, the development package and all kernel module development and debug packages will also be removed.
strxnet-2.4.20-28.7
This package can be used to install or remove the package for a specific kernel version. When installing, the ‘strxnet’ package will also be installed if necessary. When removing the last kernel module package, the ‘strxnet’ package will also be removed.

Note that the version ‘2.4.20-28.7’ is just an example. Use the version returned by ‘$(uname -r)’ for the kernel for which you wish to install or remove the packages.

strxnet-2.4.20-28.7-devel
This package can be used to install or remove the development and debug packages for a specific kernel version. When installing, the ‘strxnet’ and ‘strxnet-devel’ packages will also be installed if necessary. When removing the development and debug for kernel modules for the last kernel, the ‘strxnet-devel’ package will also be removed.

Note that the version ‘2.4.20-28.7’ is just an example. Use the version returned by ‘$(uname -r)’ for the kernel for which you wish to install or remove the packages.

For assistance with specific RPMs, see Downloading the Binary RPM.

7.1.2 Repositories for APT

For assistance with specific DEBs, see Downloading the Debian DEB.

7.2 Downloading

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package releases can be downloaded from the downloads page of The OpenSS7 Project. The package is available as a binary RPM (for popular architectures) a source RPM, Debian binary DEB and source DSC, or as a tar ball. If you are using a browsable viewer, you can obtain the OpenSS7 release of strxnet from the links in the sections that follow.

By far the easiest (most repeatable and manageable) form for installing and using OpenSS7 packages is to download and install individual packages from binary RPM or DEB. If binary RPMs or DEBs are not available for your distribution, but your distribution supports rpm(1) or dpkg(1), the next best method for installing and using OpenSS7 packages is to download and rebuild the source RPMs or DSCs.

If your architecture does not support rpm(1) or dpkg(1) at all, or you have special needs (such as cross-compiling for embedded targets), the final resort method is to download, configure, build and install from tarball. In this later case, the easiest way to build and install OpenSS7 packages from tarball is to use the tarball for the OpenSS7 Master Package, openss7-0.9.2.G.

7.2.1 Downloading with YUM

OpenSS7 repositories support yum(8) and zypper(8) in repomd XML format as well as YaST and YaST2 formats.

OpenSS7 includes virtual packages that ease the installation and removal of kernel modules, libraries and utilities. Downloading, configuration, building and installation for a signle-kernel distribution installation is as easy as:

     % sudo yum install strxnet

This and additional packages for installation are detailed as follows:

strxnet
Install this package if you need the runtime strxnet package.
          % sudo yum install strxnet

This will install the strxnet, strxnet-lib and strxnet-KVERSION RPMs, where ‘KVERSION’ is the highest version number kernel on your system.

Remove this package if you need to remove all vestages of the strxnet package.

          % sudo yum remove strxnet

This will remove the strxnet, strxnet-lib, strxnet-devel, strxnet-KVERSION and strxnet-devel-KVERSION RPMs for all kernels on your system.

strxnet-devel
Install this package if you need the development strxnet package.
          % sudo yum install strxnet-devel

This will install the strxnet, strxnet-lib, strxnet-devel, strxnet-KVERSION and strxnet-devel-KVERSION RPMs, where ‘KVERSION’ is the highest version number kernel on your system.

Remove this package if you do not need development capabilities for the strxnet package for any kernel.

          % sudo yum remove strxnet-devel

This will remove the strxnet-devel and strxnet-devel-KVERSION RPMs for all kernels on your system.

strxnet-2.4.20-28.7
Install this package if you need the runtime strxnet for kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’. The value ‘2.4.20-28.7’ is just an example. For the running kernel, you can install the runtime strxnet components with:
          % sudo yum install strxnet-$(uname -r)

This will install the strxnet, strxnet-lib and strxnet-2.4.20-28.7 RPMs, where ‘2.4.20-28.7’ is the kernel version specified.

Remove this package if you no longer need the runtime strxnet for kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’. The value ‘2.4.20-28.7’ is just an example. For the running kernel, you can remove the runtime strxnet components with:

          % sudo yum remove strxnet-$(uname -r)

This will remove the strxnet-2.4.20-28.7 and strxnet-devel-2.4.20-28.7 RPMs, where ‘2.4.20-28.7’ is the kernel version specified. Also, if this is the last kernel for which strxnet was installed, the strxnet strxnet-lib and strxnet-devel RPMs will also be removed.

Note that this is a virtual package name: the actual RPMs installed or removed from the system is a kernel module package whose precise name will depend upon the system being used.

strxnet-devel-2.4.20-28.7
Install this package if you need the development strxnet package for kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’. The value ‘2.4.20-28.7’ is just an example. For the running kernel, you can install the kernel development strxnet components with:
          % sudo yum install strxnet-devel-$(uname -r)

This will install the strxnet, strxnet-lib, strxnet-devel, strxnet-2.4.20-28.7 and strxnet-devel-2.4.20-28.7 RPMs, where ‘2.4.20-28.7’ is the kernel version specified.

Remove this package if you no longer need the development capabilities for the strxnet package for kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’. The value ‘2.4.20-28.7’ is just an example. For the running kernel, you can remove the kernel development strxnet components with:

          % sudo yum remove strxnet-devel-$(uname -r)

This will remove the strxnet-devel-2.4.20-28.7 RPMs, where ‘2.4.20-28.7’ is the kernel version specified. Also, if this is the last kernel for which strxnet was installed, the strxnet-devel RPMs will also be removed.

Note that this is a virtual package name: the actual RPMs installed or removed from the system is a kernel module package whose precise name will depend upon the system being used.

strxnet-lib
This package is an auxillary package that should be removed and inserted automatically by yum(8). In rare instances you might need to remove or install this package explicitly.

7.2.2 Downloading with APT

OpenSS7 repositries support apt(8) repositorie digests and signatures.

7.2.3 Downloading the Binary RPM

To install from binary RPM, you will need several of the RPM for a complete installation. Binary RPM fall into several categories. To download and install a complete package requires the appropriate RPM from each of the several categories below, as applicable. Some release packages do not provide RPMs in each of the several categories.

To install from Binary RPM, you will need all of the following kernel independent packages for your architecture, and one of the kernel-dependent packages from the next section.

Independent RPM

Independent RPM are dependent on neither the Linux kernel version, nor the STREAMS package. For example, the source package ‘strxnet-source-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.noarch.rpm’, is not dependent on kernel nor STREAMS package.

All of the following kernel and STREAMS independent RPM are required for your architecture. Binary RPMs listed here are for example only: additional binary RPMs are available from the downloads site. If your architecture is not available, you can build binary RPM from the source RPM (see see Building from the Source RPM).

Architecture Independent
strxnet-dev-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.noarch.rpm
The strxnet-dev package contains the device definitions necessary to run applications programs developed for OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking.27
strxnet-doc-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.noarch.rpm
The strxnet-doc package contains this manual in plain text, postscript, pdf and html forms, along with the meta-information from the strxnet package. It also contains all of the manual pages necessary for developing OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking applications and OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking STREAMS modules or drivers.
strxnet-init-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.noarch.rpm
The strxnet-init package contains the init scripts and provides the ‘postinst’ scripts necessary to create kernel module preloads and modules definitions for all kernel module ‘core’ subpackages.
strxnet-source-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.noarch.rpm
The strxnet-source package contains the source code necessary for building the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking release. It includes the autoconf(1) configuration utilities necessary to create and distribute tarballs, rpm and deb/dsc. 28
Architecture Dependent
strxnet-devel-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
The strxnet-devel package contains library archives for static compilation, header files to develop OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking modules and drivers. This also includes the header files and static libraries required to compile OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking applications programs.
strxnet-lib-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
The strxnet-lib package contains the run-time shared libraries necessary to run application programs and utilities developed for the strxnet package. 29
STREAMS-Dependent RPM

STREAMS-Dependent RPM are dependent upon the specific STREAMS package being used, either Linux STREAMS or Linux Fast-STREAMS. Packages dependent upon Linux STREAMS will have LiS in the package name. Packages dependent upon Linux Fast-STREAMS will have streams in the package name. Note that some STREAMS-Dependent RPM are also Kernel-Dependent RPM as described below.

One of the following STREAMS-Dependent packages is required for your architecture. If your architecture is not on the list, you can build binary RPM from the source RPM (see see Building from the Source RPM).

strxnet-LiS-util-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
The strxnet-LiS-util package provides administrative and configuration test utilities and commands associated with the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package. Because this package must link a STREAMS-specific library, it is a STREAMS-Dependent package. Use the strxnet-LiS-util package if you have LiS installed.
strxnet-streams-util-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
The strxnet-streams-util package provides administrative and configuration test utilities and commands associated with the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package. Because this package must link a STREAMS-specific library, it is a STREAMS-Dependent package. Use the strxnet-streams-util package if you have streams installed.
Kernel-Dependent RPM

Kernel-Dependent RPM are dependent on specific Linux Kernel Binary RPM releases. Packages are provided for popular released RedHat kernels. Packages dependent upon RedHat or other kernel RPM will have the ‘_kversion’ kernel package version in the package name.

One of the following Kernel-Dependent packages is required for your architecture and kernel version. If your architecture or kernel version is not on the list, you can build binary RPM from the source RPM (see see Building from the Source RPM).30

strxnet-core-2.4.20-28.7-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
The strxnet-core package contains the loadable kernel modules that depend only on the kernel. This package is heavily tied to the kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.31
strxnet-info-2.4.20-28.7-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
The strxnet-info package32 contains the module symbol version information for the core subpackage, above. It is possible to load this subpackage and compile modules that use the exported symbols without loading the actual kernel modules (from the core subpackage above). This package is heavily tied to the kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.33
strxnet-LiS-core-2.4.20-28.7-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
The strxnet-LiS-core package contains the kernel modules that provide the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking STREAMS modules and drivers. This package is heavily tied to the STREAMS package and kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to LiS (Linux STREAMS) on kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.34
strxnet-streams-core-2.4.20-28.7-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
The strxnet-streams-core package contains the kernel modules that provide the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking STREAMS modules and drivers. This package is heavily tied to the STREAMS package and kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to streams (Linux Fast-STREAMS) on kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.35
strxnet-LiS-info-2.4.20-28.7-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
The strxnet-LiS-info package36 contains the module symbol version information for the LiS-core subpackage, above. It is possible to load this subpackage and compile modules that use the exported symbols without loaded the actual kernel modules (from the LiS-core subpackage above). This package is heavily tied to the STREAMS package and kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to LiS (Linux STREAMS) on kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.37
strxnet-streams-info-2.4.20-28.7-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
The strxnet-streams-info package38 contains the module symbol version information for the streams-core subpackage, above. It is possible to load this subpackage and compile modules that use the exported symbols without loaded the actual kernel modules (from the streams-core subpackage above). This package is heavily tied to the STREAMS package and kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to streams (Linux Fast-STREAMS) on kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.39
Configuration and Installation

To configure, build and install the binary RPM, See Configuring the Binary RPM.

7.2.4 Downloading the Debian DEB

To install from binary DEB, you will need several of the DEB for a complete installation. Binary DEB fall into several categories. To download and install a complete package requires the appropriate DEB from each of the several categories below, as applicable. Some release packages do not provide DEBs in each of the several categories.

To install from Binary DEB, you will need all of the following kernel independent packages for your architecture, and one of the kernel-dependent packages from the next section.

Independent DEB

Independent DEB are dependent on neither the Linux kernel version, nor the STREAMS package. For example, the source package ‘strxnet-source_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb’, is not dependent on kernel nor STREAMS package.

All of the following kernel and STREAMS independent DEB are required for your architecture. Binary DEBs listed here are for example only: additional binary DEBs are available from the downloads site. If your architecture is not available, you can build binary DEB from the Debian DSC (see see Building from the Debian DSC).

Architecture Independent
strxnet-dev_0.9.2.12-0_all.deb
The strxnet-dev package contains the device definitions necessary to run applications programs developed for OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking. 40
strxnet-doc_0.9.2.12-0_all.deb
The strxnet-doc package contains this manual in plain text, postscript, pdf and html forms, along with the meta-information from the strxnet package. It also contains all of the manual pages necessary for developing OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking applications and OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking STREAMS modules or drivers.
strxnet-init_0.9.2.12-0_all.deb
The strxnet-init package contains the init scripts and provides the postinst scripts necessary to create kernel module preloads and modules definitions for all kernel module ‘core’ subpackages.
strxnet-source_0.9.2.12-0_all.deb
The strxnet-source package contains the source code necessary for building the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking release. It includes the autoconf(1) configuration utilities necessary to create and distribute tarballs, rpms and deb/dscs. 41
Architecture Dependent
strxnet-devel_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb
The strxnet-devel package contains library archives for static compilation, header files to develop OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking modules and drivers. This also includes the header files and static libraries required to compile OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking applications programs.
strxnet-lib_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb
The strxnet-lib package contains the run-time shared libraries necessary to run application programs and utilities developed for the strxnet package. 42
STREAMS-Dependent DEB

STREAMS-Dependent DEB are dependent upon the specific STREAMS package being used, either Linux STREAMS or Linux Fast-STREAMS. Packages dependent upon Linux STREAMS will have LiS in the package name. Packages dependent upon Linux Fast-STREAMS will have streams in the package name. Note that some STREAMS-Dependent DEB are also Kernel-Dependent DEB as described below.

One of the following STREAMS-Dependent packages is required for your architecture. If your architecture is not on the list, you can build binary DEB from the Debian DSC (see see Building from the Debian DSC).

strxnet-LiS-util_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb
The strxnet-LiS-util package provides administrative and configuration test utilities and commands associated with the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package. Because this package must link a STREAMS-specific library, it is a STREAMS-Dependent package. Use the strxnet-LiS-util package if you have LiS installed.
strxnet-streams-util_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb
The strxnet-streams-util package provides administrative and configuration test utilities and commands associated with the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package. Because this package must link a STREAMS-specific library, it is a STREAMS-Dependent package. Use the strxnet-streams-util package if you have streams installed.
Kernel-Dependent DEB

Kernel-Dependent DEB are dependent on specific Linux Kernel Binary DEB releases. Packages are provided for popular released Debian kernels. Packages dependent upon Debian or other kernel DEB will have the ‘_kversion’ kernel package version in the package name.

One of the following Kernel-Dependent packages is required for your architecture and kernel version. If your architecture or kernel version is not on the list, you can build binary DEB from the source DEB (see see Building from the Debian DSC).43

strxnet-core-2.4.20-28.7_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb
The strxnet-core package contains the loadable kernel modules that depend only on the kernel. This package is heavily tied to the kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.44
strxnet-info-2.4.20-28.7_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb
The strxnet-info package45 contains the module symbol version information for the core subpackage, above. It is possible to load this subpackage and compile modules that use the exported symbols without loading the actual kernel modules (from the core subpackage above). This package is heavily tied to the kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.46
strxnet-LiS-core-2.4.20-28.7_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb
The strxnet-LiS-core package contains the kernel modules that provide the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking STREAMS modules and drivers. This package is heavily tied to the STREAMS package and kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to LiS (Linux STREAMS) on kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.47
strxnet-streams-core-2.4.20-28.7_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb
The strxnet-streams-core package contains the kernel modules that provide the OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking STREAMS modules and drivers. This package is heavily tied to the STREAMS package and kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to streams (Linux Fast-STREAMS) on kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.48
strxnet-LiS-info-2.4.20-28.7_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb
The strxnet-LiS-info package49 contains the module symbol version information for the LiS-core subpackage, above. It is possible to load this subpackage and compile modules that use the exported symbols without loaded the actual kernel modules (from the LiS-core subpackage above). This package is heavily tied to the STREAMS package and kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to LiS (Linux STREAMS) on kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.50
strxnet-streams-info-2.4.20-28.7_0.9.2.12-0_i386.deb
The strxnet-streams-info package51 contains the module symbol version information for the streams-core subpackage, above. It is possible to load this subpackage and compile modules that use the exported symbols without loaded the actual kernel modules (from the streams-core subpackage above). This package is heavily tied to the STREAMS package and kernel for which it was compiled. This particular package applies to streams (Linux Fast-STREAMS) on kernel version ‘2.4.20-28.7’.52
Configuration and Installation

To configure, build and install the Debian DEB, See Configuring the Debian DEB.

7.2.5 Downloading the Source RPM

If you cannot obtain a binary RPM for your architecture, or would like to roll you own binary RPM, download the following source RPM.

strxnet-0.9.2.12-1.src.rpm
This is the source RPM for the package. From this source RPM it is possible to build binary RPM for any supported architecture and for any 2.4 or 2.6 kernel, for either Linux STREAMS or Linux Fast-STREAMS.
Configuration

To configure the source RPM, See Configuring the Source RPM.

7.2.6 Downloading the Debian DSC

If you cannot obtain a binary DEB for your architecture, or would like to roll your own DEB, download the following Debian DSC.

strxnet_0.9.2.12-0.dsc
strxnet_0.9.2.12-0.tar.gz
This is the Debian DSC for the package. From this Debian DSC it is possible to build binary DEB for any supported architecture and for any 2.4 or 2.6 kernel, for either Linux STREAMS or Linux Fast-STREAMS.
Configuration

To configure the source RPM, See Configuring the Debian DSC.

7.2.7 Downloading the Tar Ball

For non-rpm(1) and non-dpkg(1) architectures, download the tarball as follows:

strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.gz
strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2
These are the tar(1) balls for the release. These tar(1) balls contain the autoconf(1) distribution which includes all the source necessary for building and installing the package. These tarballs will even build Source RPM and Binary RPM on rpm(1) architectures and Debian DSC and DEB on dpkg(1) architectures.

The tar ball may be downloaded easily with wget(1) as follows:

     % wget http://www.openss7.org/strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2

or

     % wget http://www.openss7.org/strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.gz

Note that you will need an OpenSS7 Project user name and password to download release candidates (which are only available to subscribers and sponsors of the OpenSS7 Project).

Unpacking the Archive

After downloading one of the tar balls, unpack the archive using one of the following commands:

     % wget http://www.openss7.org/strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.gz
     % tar -xzvf strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.gz

or

     % wget http://www.openss7.org/strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2
     % tar -xjvf strxnet-0.9.2.12.tar.bz2

Either will create a subdirectory name strxnet-0.9.2.12 containing all of the files and subdirectories for the strxnet package.

Configuration

To configure and install the tar ball, See Configuring the Tar Ball.

7.2.8 Downloading from CVS

If you are a subscriber or sponsor of The OpenSS7 Project with CVS archive access privileges then you can download release, mid-release or release candidate versions of the strxnet package from the project CVS archive.

The OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking package is located in the strxnet module of /var/cvs. For release tag information, see Releases.

To access the archive from the project CVS pserver, use the following commands to check out a version from the archive:

     % export CVSROOT='-d:pserver:username@cvs.openss7.com:2401/var/cvs'
     % cvs login
     Password: *********
     % cvs co -r strxnet_0.9.2.12 strxnet
     % cvs logout

It is, of course, possible to check out by date or by other criteria. For more information, see cvs(1).

Preparing the CVS Working Directory

Although public releases of the strxnet package do not require reconfiguration, creating a configurable directory from the CVS archive requires tools not normally distributed with the other releases.

The build host requires the following GNU tools:

  • m4 1.4.12
  • autoconf 2.63
  • automake 1.10.1
  • libtool 2.2.4
  • gettext 0.17
  • flex 2.5.33
  • bison 2.3

Most desktop development GNU/Linux distributions wil have these tools; however, some non-development or server-style installations might not and they must be installed separately.53

Also, these tools can be acquired from the FSF website in the free software directory, and also at the following locations:

It should be stressed that, in particular, the autoconf(1), and automake(1), must be at version releases 2.63 and 1.10.1. The versions normally distributed in some mainstream GNU/Linux distributions are, in fact, much older than these versions.54 GNU version of these packages configured and installed to default directories will install in /usr/local/ allowing them to coexist with distribution installed versions.

For building documentation, the build host also requires the following documentation tools:

  • gs 6.51 or ghostscript 6.51, or newer.
  • tetex 3.0 or texlive 2007, or newer.
  • texinfo 4.13a or newer.
  • transfig 3.2.3d or newer.
  • imagemagick 5.3.8 or ImageMagick 5.3.8, or newer.
  • groff 1.17.2 or newer.
  • gnuplot 3.7 or newer.
  • latex2html 1.62 or newer.

Most desktop GNU/Linux distributions will have these tools; however, some server-style installations (e.g. Ubuntu-server, SLES 9 or Fedora 6 or 7) will not and they must be installed separately.55

Note that texinfo 4.12 must not be used as it breaks the build process.

For uncooked manual pages, the entire groff(1) package is required on older Debian and Ubuntu systems (the base package did not include grefer(1) which is used extensively by uncooked manual pages). The following will get what you need on older systems:

     Debian: % apt-get install groff_ext
     Ubuntu: % apt-get install groff

On newer systems, simply:

     % apt-get install groff

In addition, the build host requires a complete tool chain for compiling for the target host, including kernel tools such as genksyms(8) and others.

If you wish to package rpms on an rpm(1) system, or debs on a dpkg(1) system, you will need the appropriate tool chain. Systems based on rpm(1) typically have the necessary tool chain available, however, dpkg(1) systems do not. The following on a Debian or Ubuntu system will get what you need:

     % apt-get install debhelper
     % apt-get install fakeroot

To generate a configuration script and the necessary scriptlets required by the GNU autoconf(1) system, execute the following commands on the working directory:

     % autoreconf -fiv strxnet

where, strxnet is the name of the directory to where the working copy was checked out under the previous step. This command generates the configure script and other missing pieces that are normally distributed with the release Tar Balls, SRPMs and DSCs.

Make sure that ‘autoreconf --version’ returns ‘2.63’. Otherwise, you may need to perform something like the following:

     % PATH="/usr/local/bin:$PATH"
     % autoreconf -fiv strxnet

After reconfiguring the directory, the package can then be configured and built using the same instructions as are used for the Tar Ball, see Configuring the Tar Ball, and Building from the Tar Ball.

Do note, however, that make(1) will rebuild the documentation that is normally released with the package. Additional tools may be necessary for building the documentation. To avoid building and installing the documentation, use the --disable-devel or --disable-docs option to configure described in Configuring the Tar Ball.

When configuring the package in a working directory and while working a change-compile-test cycle that involves configuration macros or documentation, I find it of great advantage to invoke the GNU configure options --enable-maintainer-mode, --enable-dependency-tracking and --disable-devel. The first of these three options will add maintainer-specific targets to any generated Makefile, the second option will invoke automatic dependency tracking within the Makefile so rebuilds after changes to macro, source or documentation files will be automatically rebuilt; and the last option will suppress rebuilding and reinstalling documentation manual pages and header files. Header files will still be available under the /usr/src directory.

7.3 Configuration

7.3.1 Configuring the Binary RPM

In general the binary RPM do not require any configuration, however, during installation it is possible to relocate some of the installation directories. This allows some degree of customization. Relocations that are available on the binary RPM are as follows:

strxnet-LiS-core-2.4.20-28.7-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
strxnet-streams-core-2.4.20-28.7-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
/lib/modules/2.4.20-28.7
This relocatable directory contains the kernel modules that provide the strxnet STREAMS core, drivers and modules.56

strxnet-LiS-info-2.4.20-28.7-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
strxnet-streams-info-2.4.20-28.7-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
/usr/include/strxnet/2.4.20-28.7
This relocatable directory contains the kernel module exported symbol information that allows other kernel modules to be compiled against the correct version of the strxnet package.57

strxnet-dev-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
(not relocatable)
strxnet-devel-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
/usr/lib
This relocatable directory contains strxnet libraries.
/usr/include/strxnet
This relocatable directory contains strxnet header files.

strxnet-doc-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
/usr/share/doc
This relocatable directory contains all package specific documentation (including this manual). The subdirectory in this directory is the strxnet-0.9.2.12 directory.
/usr/share/info
This relocatable directory contains info files (including the info version of this manual).
/usr/share/man
This relocatable directory contains manual pages.

strxnet-LiS-lib-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
strxnet-streams-lib-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
/usr/lib
This relocatable directory contains the run-time shared libraries necessary to run applications programs and utilities developed for OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking.
/usr/share/locale
This relocatable directory contains the locale information for shared library files.

strxnet-source-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
/usr/src
This relocatable directory contains the source code.

strxnet-LiS-util-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
strxnet-streams-util-0.9.2.12-1.7.2.i686.rpm
/usr/bin
This relocatable directory contains binary programs and utilities.
/usr/sbin
This relocatable directory contains system binary programs and utilities.
/usr/libexec
This relocatable directory contains test programs.
/etc
This relocatable directory contains init scripts and configuration information.
Installation

To install the binary RPM, See Installing the Binary RPM.

7.3.2 Configuring the Debian DEB

In general the binary DEB do not require any configuration.

Installation

To install the Debian DEB, See Installing the Debian DEB.

7.3.3 Configuring the Source RPM

When building from the source RPM (see Building from the Source RPM), the rebuild process uses a number of macros from the user's .rpmmacros file as described in rpm(8).

Following is an example of the ~/.rpmmacros file that I use for rebuilding RPMS:

     #
     # RPM macros for building rpms
     #
     
     %vendor OpenSS7 Corporation
     %distribution OpenSS7
     %disturl http://www.openss7.org/
     %packager Brian Bidulock <bidulock@openss7.org>
     %url http://www.openss7.org/
     
     %_signature gpg
     %_gpg_path /home/brian/.gnupg
     %_gpg_name openss7@openss7.org
     %_gpgbin /usr/bin/gpg
     
     %_source_payload w9.bzdio
     %_binary_payload w9.bzdio
     
     %_unpackaged_files_terminate_build 1
     %_missing_doc_files_terminate_build 1
     %_use_internal_dependency_generator 0
     %_repackage_all_erasures 0
     %_rollback_transaction_on_failure 0
     
     %configure2_5x %configure
     %make make
     

When building from the source RPM (see Building from the Source RPM), it is possible to pass a number of additional configuration options to the rpmbuild(1) process.

The additional configuration options are described below.

Note that distributions that use older versions of rpm do not have the --with or --without options defined. To achieve the same effect as:

     --with someparm=somearg

do:

     --define "_with_someparm --with-someparm=somearg"

This is a generic description of common rpmbuild(1) options. Not all rpmbuild(1) options are applicable to all SRPMs. Options that are kernel module specific are only applicable to SRPMs that build kernel modules. STREAMS options are only applicable to SRPMs that provide or require STREAMS.

--define "_kversion $PACKAGE_KVERSION"
Specifies the kernel version other than the running kernel for which to build. If _kversion is not defined when rebuilding, the environment variable PACKAGE_KVERSION is used. If the environment variable PACKAGE_KVERSION is not defined, then the version of the running kernel (i.e. discovered with ‘uname -r’) is used as the target version for kernel-dependent packages. This option can also be defined in an .rpmspec file using the macro name ‘_kversion’.
--with checks
--without checks
Enable or disable preinstall checks. Each packages supports a number of preinstall checks that can be performed by invoking the ‘check’ target with automake(1). These currently consist of checking each kernel module for unresolved kernel symbols, checking for documentation for exported kernel module symbols, checking for documentation for exported library symbols, checking for standard options for build and installable programs, checking for documentation for built and installable programs. Normally these checks are only run in maintainer mode, but can be enabled and disabled with this option.
--with k-optimize=HOW
--without k-optimize
Specify ‘HOW’ optimization, normal, size, speed or quick. size compiles kernel modules -Os, speed compiles kernel modules -O3, and quick compiles kernel modules -O0. The default is normal. Use with care.
--with cooked-manpages
--without cooked-manpages
Some systems do not like grefer(1) references in manual pages.58 This option will cook soelim(1), refer(1), tbl(1) and pic(1) commands from the manual pages and also strip groff(1) comments. The default is to leave manual pages uncooked: they are actually smaller that way.
--with public
--without public
Release public packages or private packages. This option has no effect on the strxnet package. The default is to release public packages.
--with k-debug
--without k-debug
Specifies whether kernel debugging is to be performed on the build kernel modules. Mutually exclusive with test and safe below. This has the effect of removing static and inline attributes from functions and invoking all debugging macros in the code. The default is to not perform kernel debugging.
--with k-test
--without k-test
Specifies whether kernel testing is to be performed. Mutually exclusive with debug above and safe below. This has the effect of removing static and inline attributes from functions and invoking most debugging macros in the code. The default is to not perform kernel testing.
--with k-safe
--without k-safe
Specifies whether kernel saftey is to be performed. Mutually exclusive with debug and test above. This has the effect of invoking some more pedantic assertion macros in the code. The default is not to apply kernel safety.
--with k-inline
--without k-inline
Specifies whether kernel inline functions are to be placed inline. This has the effect of adding the -finline-functions flag to CFLAGS for compiling kernel modules. Linux 2.4 kernels are normally compiled -O2 which does not respect the inline directive. This compiles kernel modules with -finline-functions to get closer to -O3 optimization. For better optimization controls, See Configuring the Tar Ball.
--with k-modversions
--without k-modversions
Specifies whether kernel symbol versions are to be applied to symbols exported by package kernel modules. The default is to version exported module symbols. This package does not export symbols so this option has no effect.
--with devfs
--without devfs
Specifies whether the build is for a device file system daemon enabled system with autoloading, or not. The default is to build for devfsd(1) autoloading when CONFIG_DEVFS_FS is defined in the target kernel. The ‘rebuild’ target uses this option to signal to the RPM spec file that the ‘dev’ subpackage need not be built. This option does not appear when the package has no devices.
--with devel
--without devel
Specifies whether to build development environment packages such as those that include header files, static libraries, manual pages and texinfo(1) documentation. The default is to build development environment packages. This option can be useful when building for an embedded target where only the runtime components are desired.
--with docs
--without docs
Specifies whether to build and install major documentation such manual pages and texinfo(1) documentation. The default is to build and install documentation. This option can be useful when building for an embedded target where only the runtime and static compile components are desired, but not major documentation. This option does not override the setting of --without devel.
--with tools
--without tools
Specifies whether user space packages are to be built. The default is to build user space packages. This option can be useful when rebuilding for multiple architectures and target kernels. The ‘rebuildautomake(1) target uses this feature when rebuilding for all available architectures and kernels, to rebuild user packages once per architecture instead of once per kernel.
--with modules
--without modules
Specifies whether kernel modules packages are to be built. The default is to build kernel module packages. This option can be useful when rebuilding for multiple architectures and target kernels. The ‘rebuildautomake(1) target uses this feature to rebuild for all available architectures and kernels.
--with lis
--without lis
Specifies that the package is to be rebuilt against Linux STREAMS. The default is to automatically identify whether LiS or streams is loaded on the build system and build accordingly.
--with lfs
--without lfs
Specifies that the package is to be rebuilt against Linux Fast-STREAMS. The default is to automatically identify whether LiS or streams is loaded on the build system and build accordingly.

In general, the default values of these options are sufficient for most purposes and no options need be provided when rebuilding the Source RPMs.

Build

To build from the source RPM, See Building from the Source RPM.

7.3.4 Configuring the Debian DSC

The Debian DSC can be configured by passing options in the environment variable BUILD_DEBOPTIONS. The options placed in this variable take the same form as those passed to the configure script, See Configuring the Tar Ball. For an example, See Building from the Debian DSC.

Build

To build from the Debian DSC, See Building from the Debian DSC.

7.3.5 Configuring the Tar Ball

All of the normal GNU autoconf(1) configuration options and environment variables apply. Additional options and environment variables are provided to tailor or customize the build and are described below.

7.3.5.1 Configure Options

This is a generic description of common configure options that are in addition to those provided by autoconf(1), automake(1), libtool(1) and gettext(1).

Not all configure options are applicable to all release packages. Options that are kernel module specific are only applicable to release packages that build kernel modules. STREAMS options are only applicable to release packages that provide or require STREAMS.

Following are the additional configure options, their meaning and use:

--enable-checks
--disable-checks
Enable or disable preinstall checks. Each release package supports a number of preinstall checks that can be performed by invoking the ‘check’ target with make(1). These currently consist of checking each kernel module for unresolved kernel symbols, checking for documentation for exported kernel module symbols, checking for documentation for exported library symbols, checking for standard options for build and installable programs, checking for documentation for built and installable programs. Normally these checks are only run in maintainer mode, but can be enabled and disabled with this option.
--enable-autotest
--disable-autotest
Enable or disable pre- and post-installation testing. Each release package supports a number of autotest test suites that can be performed by invoking the ‘installcheck’ target with make(1). These currently consist of running installed modules, commands and binaries against a number of specific test cases. Normally these checks are only run in maintainer mode, but can be enabled and disabled with this option.
--disable-compress-manpages
Compress manual pages with ‘gzip -9’ or ‘bzip2 -9’ or leave them uncompressed. The default is to compress manual pages with ‘gzip -9’ or ‘bzip2 -9’ if a single compressed manual page exists in the target installation directory (--mandir). This disables automatic compression.
--disable-public
Disable public release. This option is not usable on public releases and only has a usable effect on OpenSS7 XTI/TLI Networking when the package is acquired from CVS. In particular, the STREAMS SS7/VoIP/ISDN/SIGTRAN Stacks (strss7-0.9a.8) release package has a large number of non-public components. Specifying this option will cause the package to build and install all private release components in addition to the public release components. This option affects all release packages. Most release packages do not have private release components.
--disable-initscripts
Disables the installation of init scripts. The default is to configure and install init scripts and their associated configuration files.

Although the default is to install init scripts, installation attempts to detect a System V init script configuration, and if one is not found, the init scripts are installed into the appropriate directories, but the symbolic links to the run level script directories are not generated and the script is not invoked. Therefore, it is safe to leave this option unchanged, even on distributions that do not support System V init script layout.

--disable-32bit-libs
Disables the build and install of 32-bit compatibility libraries and test binaries on 64-bit systems that support 32-bit compatibility. The default is to build and install 32-bit compatibility libraries and test binaries. This option can be usefule when configuring for an embedded target where only native shared libraries and binaries are desired.
--disable-devel
Disables the installation of development environment components such as header files, static libraries, manual pages and texinfo(1) documentation. The default is to install development environment components. This option can be useful when configuring for an embedded target where only the runtime components are desired, or when performing a edit-compile-test cycle.
--disable-docs
Disables the build and installation of major documentation such manual pages and texinfo(1) documentation. The default is to build and install documentation. This option can be useful when building for an embedded target where only the runtime and static compile components are desired, but not major documentation. This option does not override the setting of --disable-devel.
--enable-tools
Specifies whether user space programs and libraries are to be built and installed. The default is to build and install user space programs and libraries. This option can be useful when rebuilding for multiple architectures and target kernels, particularly under rpm(1) or dpkg(1). The ‘rebuildautomake(1) target uses this feature when rebuilding RPMs for all available architectures and kernels, to rebuild user packages once per architecture instead of once per kernel.
--enable-modules
Specifies whether kernel modules are to be built and installed. The default is to build and install kernel modules. This option can be useful when rebuilding for multiple architectures and target kernels, particularly under rpm(1) or dpkg(1). The ‘rebuildautomake(1) target uses this feature to rebuild for all available architectures and kernels. This option has no effect for release packages that do not provide kernel modules.
--enable-arch
Specifies whether architectural dependent package components are to be built and installed. This option can be useful when rebuilding for multiple architectures and target kernels, particularly under dpkg(1). The default is to configure, build and install architecture dependent package components. This option has no effect for release packages that do not provide architecture dependent components.
--enable-indep
Specifies whether architecture independent package components are to be built and installed. This option can be useful when rebuilding for multiple architectures and target kernels, particularly under dpkg(1). The default is to configure, build and install architecture independent package components. This options has no effect for release packages that do not provide architecture independent components.
--enable-k-inline
Enable kernel inline functions. Most Linux kernels build without -finline-functions. This option adds the -finline-functions and -Winline flags to the compilation of kernel modules. Use with care. This option has no effect for release packages that do not provide kernel modules.
--enable-k-safe
Enable kernel module run-time safety checks. Specifies whether kernel safety is to be performed. This option is mutually exclusive with --enable-k-test and --enable-k-debug below. This has the effect of invoking some more pedantic assertion macros in the code. The default is not to apply kernel safety. This option has no effect for release packages that have are no kernel modules.
--enable-k-test
Enable kernel module run-time testing. Specifies whether kernel testing is to be performed. This option is mutually exclusive with --enable-k-safe above and --enable-k-debug below. This has the effect of remove static and inline attributes from functions and invoking most non-performance affecting debugging macros in the code. The default is not to perform kernel testing. This option has no effect for release packages that do not provide kernel modules.
--enable-k-debug
Enable kernel module run-time debugging. Specifies whether kernel debugging is to be performed. This option is mutually exclusive with --enable-k-safe and --enable-k-test above. This has the effect of removing static and inline attributes from functions and invoking all debugging macros in the code (including performance-affecting debug macros). The default is to not perform kernel debugging. This option has no effect for release packages that do not provide kernel modules.
--disable-k-modversions
Disable module versions on strxnet symbols. Specifies whether kernel symbol versions are to be used on symbols exported from built strxnet modules. The default is to provide kernel symbol versions on all exported symbols. This option has no effect for release packages that do not provide kernel modules.
--enable-devfs
--disable-devfs
Specifies whether the build is for a device file system daemon enabled system with autoloading, or not. The default is to build for devfsd(8) autoloading when CONFIG_DEVFS_FS is defined in the target kernel. The ‘reuildautomake(1) target uses this option to signal to the RPM spec file that the ‘dev’ subpackage need not be built. This option has no effect for release packages that do not provide devices.
--with-gpg-user=GNUPGUSER
Specify the gpg(1)GNUPGUSER’ for signing RPMs and tarballs. The default is the content of the environment variable GNUPGUSER. If unspecified, the gpg(1) program will normally use the user name of the account invoking the gpg(1) program. For building source RPMs, the RPM macro ‘_gpg_name’ will override this setting.
--with-gpg-home=GNUPGHOME
Specify the ‘GNUPGHOME’ directory for signing RPMs and tarballs. The default is the user's ~/.gpg directory. For building source RPMs, the RPM macro ‘_gpg_path’ will override this setting.
--with-pkg-epoch=EPOCH
Specifies the epoch for the package. This is neither used for rpm(1) nor dpkg(1) packages, it applies to the tarball release as a whole. The default is the contents of the .pkgepoch file in the release package source directory or, if that file does not exist, zero (0).
--with-pkg-release=RELEASE
Specifies the release for the package. This is neither used for rpm(1) nor dpkg(1) packages, it applies to the tarball release as a whole. The default is the contents of the .pkgrelease file in the release package source directory or, if that file does not exist, one (1). This is the number after the last point in the package version number.
--with-pkg-distdir=DIR
Specifies the distribution directory for the package. This is used by the maintainer for building distributions of tarballs. This is the directory into which archives are copied for distribution. The default is the top build directory.
--with-cooked-manpages
Convert manual pages to remove macro dependencies and grefer(1) references. Some systems do not like grefer(1) references in manual pages.59 This option will cook soelim(1), refer(1), tbl(1) and pic(1) commands from the manual pages and also strip groff(1) comments. The default is to leave manual pages uncooked (they are actually smaller that way).
--with-rpm-epoch=PACKAGE_EPOCH
Specify the ‘PACKAGE_EPOCH’ for the RPM spec file. The default is to use the RPM epoch contained in the release package file .rpmepoch.
--with-rpm-release=PACKAGE_RPMRELEASE
Specify the ‘PACKAGE_RPMRELEASE’ for the RPM spec file. The default is to use the RPM release contained in the release package file .rpmrelease.
--with-rpm-extra=PACKAGE_RPMEXTRA
Specify the ‘PACKAGE_RPMEXTRA’ extra release information for the RPM spec file. The default is to use the RPM extra release information contained in the release package file .rpmextra. Otherwise, this value will be determined from automatic detection of the RPM distribution.
--with-rpm-topdir=PACKAGE_RPMTOPDIR
Specify the ‘PACKAGE_RPMTOPDIR’ top directory for RPMs. If specified with a null ‘PACKAGE_RPMTOPDIR’, the default directory for the RPM distribution will be used. If this option is not provided on the command line, the top build directory will be used as the RPM top directory as well.
--with-deb-epoch=EPOCH
Specify the ‘PACKAGE_DEBEPOCH’ for the DEB control file. The default is to use the DEB epoch contained in the release package file .debepoch.
--with-deb-release=RELEASE
Specify the ‘PACKAGE_DEBRELEASE’ for the DEB control file. The default is to use the DEB release contained in the release package file .debrelease.
--with-deb-topdir=DIR
Specify the ‘PACKAGE_DEBTOPDIR’ top directory for DEBs. If specified with a null ‘PACKAGE_DEBTOPDIR’, the default directory for the DEB distribution will be used. If this option is not provided on the command line, the top build directory will be used as the DEB top directory as well.
--with-k-release=PACKAGE_KRELEASE
Specify the ‘PACKAGE_KRELEASE’ release of the Linux kernel for which the build is targeted. When not cross compiling, if this option is not set, the build will be targeted at the kernel running in the build environment (e.g., ‘uname -r’). When cross-compiling this option must be specified or the configure script will generate an error and terminate.
--with-k-linkage=PACKAGE_KLINKAGE
Specify the ‘PACKAGE_KLINKAGE’ for kernel module linkage. This can be one of the following:
  • loadable’ – loadable kernel modules
  • linkable’ – linkable kernel objects
The default is to build loadable kernel modules.
--with-k-modules=K-MODULES-DIR
Specify the ‘K-MODULES-DIR’ directory to which kernel modules will be installed. The default is based on the option --with-k-release, --with-k-prefix and --with-k-rootdir. The default is DESTDIR/K-MODULES-DIR which is typically DESTDIR/lib/modules/PACKAGE_KRELEASE/. This directory is normally located by the configure script and need only be provided for special cross-build environments or when requested by a configure script error message.
--with-k-build=K-BUILD-DIR
Specify the ‘K-BUILD-DIR’ base kernel build directory in which configured kernel source resides. The default is DESTDIR/K-MODULES-DIR/build. This directory is normally located by the configure script and need only be provided for special cross-build environments or when requested by a configure script error message.
--with-k-source=K-SOURCE-DIR
Specify the ‘K-SOURCE-DIR’ base kernel build directory in which configured kernel source resides. The default is DESTDIR/K-MODULES-DIR/source. This directory is normally located by the configure script and need only be provided for special cross-build environments or when requested by a configure script error message.
--with-k-modver=K-MODVER-FILE
Specify the ‘K-MODVER-FILE’ kernel module versions file. The default is K-BUILD-DIR/Module.symvers. This file is normally located by the configure script and need only be provided for special cross-build environments or when requested by a configure script error message.
--with-k-sysmap=K-SYSMAP-FILE
Specify the ‘K-SYSMAP-FILE’ kernel system map file. The default is K-BUILD-DIR/System.map. This file is normally located by the configure script and need only be provided for special cross-build environments or when requested by a configure script error message.
--with-k-archdir=K-ARCHDIR
Specify the ‘K-ARCHDIR’ kernel source architecture specific directory. The default is DESTDIR/K-SOURCE-DIR/arch. This directory is normally located by the configure script and need only be provided for special cross-build environments or when requested by a configure script error message.
--with-k-machdir=K-MACHDIR
Specify the ‘K-MACHDIR’ kernel source machine specific directory. The default is DESTDIR/K-SOURCE-DIR/target_cpu. This directory is normally located by the configure script and need only be provided for special cross-build environments or when requested by a configure script error message.
--with-k-config=K-CONFIG
Specify the ‘K-CONFIG’ kernel configuration file. The default is BOOT/config-K-RELEASE. This configuration file is normally located by the configure script and need only be provided for special cross-build environments or when requested by a configure script error message.
--with-k-optimize=HOW
--without-k-optimize
Specify ‘HOW’ optimization, normal, size, speed or quick. size compiles kernel modules -Os, speed compiles kernel modules -O3, and quick compiles kernel modules -O0. The def