[rfc-dist] RFC 3542 on Advanced Sockets Application Program Interface (API) for IPv6

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        RFC 3542

        Title:      Advanced Sockets Application Protocol Interface
                    (API) for IPv6
        Author(s):  W. Stevens, M. Thomas, E. Nordmark, T. Jinmei
        Status:     Informational
        Date:       May 2003
        Mailbox:    matt@3am-software.com, Erik.Nordmark@sun.com,
        Pages:      77
        Characters: 173028
        Obsoletes:  2292

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-ipngwg-rfc2292bis-09.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3542.txt

This document provides sockets Application Program Interface (API) to
support "advanced" IPv6 applications, as a supplement to a separate
specification, RFC 3493.  The expected applications include Ping,
Traceroute, routing daemons and the like, which typically use raw
sockets to access IPv6 or ICMPv6 header fields.  This document
proposes some portable interfaces for applications that use raw
sockets under IPv6.  There are other features of IPv6 that some
applications will need to access: interface identification (specifying
the outgoing interface and determining the incoming interface), IPv6
extension headers, and path Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU)
information.  This document provides API access to these features too.
Additionally, some extended interfaces to libraries for the "r"
commands are defined.  The extension will provide better backward
compatibility to existing implementations that are not IPv6-capable.

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