[Bridge] BCP status

Eble, Dan DanE at aiinet.com
Tue Aug 24 05:44:48 PDT 2004


First, my email address is dane at aiinet.com.

The status of the BCP code is that it is used in some Applied Innovation
products, but it is not a standard Linux feature because no one has
ported it to the newest versions of the kernel and pppd.  Also, a good
fellow named Matthew N. Dodd was also in touch with me several months
ago.  I do not know the status of BCP in his company's products, but you
should have no problem finding him with a web search engine.

The BCP state machine for PPPD was already a couple years old when I was
assigned to port it to our Linux-based products.  I believe it is based
on RFC 1638.  It did not support STP at all, so I added both the old RFC
1638 "Spanning-Tree-Protocol" option and the newer RFC 2878
"Management-Inline" option.  I do not remember making any other
significant additions.

Note that BCP is not directly relevant to the kernel bridge driver.  BCP
simply provides ethernet over PPP; whether to bridge or to route the
resulting network interface is up to you.

Dan Eble <dane at aiinet.com>  _____  .
Software Engineer          |  _  |/|
Applied Innovation Inc.    | |_| | |
http://www.aiinet.com/     |__/|_|_|

> -----Original Message-----
> From: bridge-bounces at lists.osdl.org 
> [mailto:bridge-bounces at lists.osdl.org] On Behalf Of Petter Larsen
> Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004 8:15 AM
> To: dan at aiinet.com
> Cc: bridge at lists.osdl.org; shemminger at osdl.org
> Subject: [Bridge] BCP status
> Hello
> I can see that BCP is implemeted and posted as patches on the
> mailinglist.
> Can you tell me the status of this work?
> What is the status of getting this code integrated directly in the
> vanilla kernel at kernel.org both 2.4.x and 2.6.x?
> Are the patches for pppd sent to the maintainers of the pppd?
> We are evaluating to use this under a XScale processor.
> Best regards
> -- 
> Petter Larsen
> cand. scient.
> moreCom as
> 913 17 222

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