libnl is a library for applications dealing with netlink sockets, for instance to retrieve or change routing information, interface settings, and is used more generally when communicating with the kernel.
The upstream version of
libnl is maintained at http://www.infradead.org/~tgr/libnl/
libnl is somewhat heavyweight, it is not included by default on OpenWRT. If you need only basic netlink functionalities, you may want to use
libnl-tiny instead. However, some applications require the full features of
Since r47037, the
libnl package has been split into multiple components. The sizes below are approximate sizes after compression, based on the
ar71xx target with musl:
| ||37K||Common code for all netlink libraries|
| ||8K||Generic Netlink Library Functions|
| ||25K||Netfilter Netlink Library Functions|
| ||91K||Routing Netlink Library Functions|
For compatibility, a meta-package name
libnl depends on all the above packages.
libnl-tiny package is a stripped down version of libnl, included by default on OpenWRT.
The code is maintained directly in the OpenWRT code tree, see http://git.openwrt.org/?p=openwrt.git;a=tree;f=package/libs/libnl-tiny
| ||14K|| Drop-in replacement for most of
libnl-tiny replaces the most commonly used parts of
libnl-genl. The API is a bit more limited, but compatible for most applications. The ABI is different, but that doesn't matter much.
Any package that can easily work with
libnl-tiny instead of
be changed to make use of it, since
libnl-tiny is usually part of the
default package set.
libnl-based libraries with
libnl-tiny does not work.