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INET6_OPT_INIT(3)      FreeBSD Library Functions Manual      INET6_OPT_INIT(3)

     inet6_opt_init, inet6_opt_append, inet6_opt_finish, inet6_opt_set_val,
     inet6_opt_next, inet6_opt_find, inet6_opt_get_val - IPv6 Hop-by-Hop and
     Destination Options manipulation

     #include <netinet/in.h>

     inet6_opt_init(void *extbuf, socklen_t extlen);

     inet6_opt_append(void *extbuf, socklen_t extlen, int offset,
         u_int8_t type, socklen_t len, u_int8_t align, void **databufp);

     inet6_opt_finish(void *extbuf, socklen_t extlen, int offset);

     inet6_opt_set_val(void *databuf, int offset, void *val,
         socklen_t vallen);

     inet6_opt_next(void *extbuf, socklen_t extlen, int offset,
         u_int8_t *typep, socklen_t *lenp, void **databufp);

     inet6_opt_find(void *extbuf, socklen_t extlen, int offset, u_int8_t type,
         socklen_t *lenp, void **databufp);

     inet6_opt_get_val(void *databuf, socklen_t offset, void *val,
         socklen_t vallen);

     Building and parsing the Hop-by-Hop and Destination options is
     complicated.  The advanced sockets API defines a set of functions to help
     applications create and manipulate Hop-by-Hop and Destination options.
     This man page describes the functions specified in IETF Draft RFC3542.
     These functions use the formatting rules specified in Appendix B in
     RFC2460, i.e., that the largest field is placed last in the option.  The
     function prototypes for these functions are all contained in the
     <netinet/in.h> header file.

     The inet6_opt_init() function returns the number of bytes needed for an
     empty extension header, one without any options.  If the extbuf argument
     points to a valid section of memory then the inet6_opt_init() function
     also initializes the extension header's length field.  When attempting to
     initialize an extension buffer passed in the extbuf argument, extlen must
     be a positive multiple of 8 or else the function fails and returns -1 to
     the caller.

     The inet6_opt_append() function can perform two different jobs.  When a
     valid extbuf argument is supplied it appends an option to the extension
     buffer and returns the updated total length as well as a pointer to the
     newly created option in databufp.  If the value of extbuf is NULL then
     the inet6_opt_append() function only reports what the total length would
     be if the option were actually appended.  The len and align arguments
     specify the length of the option and the required data alignment which
     must be used when appending the option.  The offset argument should be
     the length returned by the inet6_opt_init() function or a previous call
     to inet6_opt_append().

     The type argument is the 8-bit option type.

     After inet6_opt_append() has been called, the application can use the
     buffer pointed to by databufp directly, or use inet6_opt_set_val() to
     specify the data to be contained in the option.

     Option types of 0 and 1 are reserved for the Pad1 and PadN options.  All
     other values from 2 through 255 may be used by applications.

     The length of the option data is contained in an 8-bit value and so may
     contain any value from 0 through 255.

     The align parameter must have a value of 1, 2, 4, or 8 and cannot exceed
     the value of len.  The alignment values represent no alignment, 16 bit,
     32 bit and 64 bit alignments, respectively.

     The inet6_opt_finish() function calculates the final padding necessary to
     make the extension header a multiple of 8 bytes, as required by the IPv6
     extension header specification, and returns the extension header's
     updated total length.  The offset argument should be the length returned
     by inet6_opt_init() or inet6_opt_append().  When extbuf is not NULL the
     function also sets up the appropriate padding bytes by inserting a Pad1
     or PadN option of the proper length.

     If the extension header is too small to contain the proper padding then
     an error of -1 is returned to the caller.

     The inet6_opt_set_val() function inserts data items of various sizes into
     the data portion of the option.  The databuf argument is a pointer to
     memory that was returned by the inet6_opt_append() call and the offset
     argument specifies where the option should be placed in the data buffer.
     The val argument points to an area of memory containing the data to be
     inserted into the extension header, and the vallen argument indicates how
     much data to copy.

     The caller should ensure that each field is aligned on its natural
     boundaries as described in Appendix B of RFC2460.

     The function returns the offset for the next field which is calculated as
     offset + vallen and is used when composing options with multiple fields.

     The inet6_opt_next() function parses received extension headers.  The
     extbuf and extlen arguments specify the location and length of the
     extension header being parsed.  The offset argument should either be
     zero, for the first option, or the length value returned by a previous
     call to inet6_opt_next() or inet6_opt_find().  The return value specifies
     the position where to continue scanning the extension buffer.  The option
     is returned in the arguments typep, lenp, and databufp, which point to
     the 8-bit option type, the 8-bit option length and the option data,
     respectively.  This function does not return any PAD1 or PADN options.
     When an error occurs or there are no more options, the return value is

     The inet6_opt_find() function searches the extension buffer for a
     particular option type, passed in through the type argument.  If the
     option is found then the lenp and databufp arguments are updated to point
     to the option's length and data, respectively.  The extbuf and extlen
     arguments must point to a valid extension buffer and give its length.
     The offset argument can be used to search from a location anywhere in the
     extension header.

     The inet6_opt_get_val() function extracts data items of various sizes in
     the data portion of the option.  The databuf is a pointer returned by the
     inet6_opt_next() or inet6_opt_find() functions.  The val argument points
     where the data will be extracted.  The offset argument specifies from
     where in the data portion of the option the value should be extracted;
     the first byte of option data is specified by an offset of zero.

     It is expected that each field is aligned on its natural boundaries as
     described in Appendix B of RFC2460.

     The function returns the offset for the next field by calculating offset
     + vallen which can be used when extracting option content with multiple
     fields.  Robust receivers must verify alignment before calling this

     All the functions return -1 on an error.

     RFC3542 gives comprehensive examples in Section 23.

     KAME also provides examples in the advapitest directory of its kit.

     W. Stevens, M. Thomas, E. Nordmark, and T. Jinmei, Advanced Sockets API
     for IPv6, RFC3542, October 2002.

     S. Deering and R. Hinden, Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6)
     Specification, RFC2460, December 1998.

     The functions are documented in ``Advanced Sockets API for IPv6''

     The implementation first appeared in KAME advanced networking kit.

FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE        December 23, 2004       FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE


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