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Title: document AF_PACKET socket address format
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Documentation Versions: Python 3.7, Python 3.6
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: docs@python Nosy List: Tim.Tisdall, Winterflower, azsorkin, benjamin.peterson, berker.peksag, cheryl.sabella, docs@python, martin.panter, vstinner
Priority: normal Keywords: easy, patch

Created on 2015-09-09 13:07 by Tim.Tisdall, last changed 2022-04-11 14:58 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
af_packet_doc.patch Winterflower, 2015-10-29 22:09 review
Pull Requests
URL Status Linked Edit
PR 4092 merged cheryl.sabella, 2017-10-23 17:56
PR 9207 merged benjamin.peterson, 2018-09-12 00:33
PR 9209 merged benjamin.peterson, 2018-09-12 00:36
Messages (10)
msg250306 - (view) Author: Tim Tisdall (Tim.Tisdall) * Date: 2015-09-09 13:07
As mentioned in #24984, I'm making another issue to document the address format for AF_PACKET.  In this case there's already documentation in Modules/socketmodule.c that says:

- an AF_PACKET socket address is a tuple containing a string
  specifying the ethernet interface and an integer specifying
  the Ethernet protocol number to be received. For example:
  ("eth0",0x1234).  Optional 3rd,4th,5th elements in the tuple
  specify packet-type and ha-type/addr.

But nothing has been added to Doc/library/socket.rst .

The documentation needs to be confirmed with the code.  (It probably should be altered somewhat to state how you "specify packet-type and ha-type/addr"...  and maybe what a "ha-type/addr" is...  A quick Google search found this very useful reference: )
msg250307 - (view) Author: Tim Tisdall (Tim.Tisdall) * Date: 2015-09-09 13:11
Right now the docs say "Certain other address families (:const:`AF_PACKET`, :const:`AF_CAN`) support specific representations.".

I was going to create a separate issue for AF_CAN, but it seems that it's already documented...  When documentation is added for AF_PACKET, please remove the above mentioned line entirely as AF_CAN is already documented.
msg253696 - (view) Author: Camilla Montonen (Winterflower) Date: 2015-10-29 22:09
Provided patch provides documentation for the AF_PACKET address_family.
msg253722 - (view) Author: Berker Peksag (berker.peksag) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-10-30 07:17
Thanks! The patch looks good to me. I left a few minor comments on Rietveld:
msg253773 - (view) Author: Martin Panter (martin.panter) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-10-31 04:02
Quickly looking through the history (annotate function on Mercurial web frontend):

* Revisions 3d4a7cd0bf17, c8ef864ba861 (2001): AF_PACKET support added on Linux. Partially documented in C comment and socket.bind() docstring. AF/PF_PACKET, PACKET_* constants also added.

* #947352 (Python 2.4), 8b3288f607e1: Support specifying hardware address, for sendto().

Here are some more things might be good to tease out:

1. Please don’t invent new parameter names without a good reason. I suggest (ifname, proto, pkttype, hatype, addr). These are already used in the bind() doc string, most are consistent with Linux’s struct sockaddr_ll fields, and “proto” is consistent with Python’s socket() constructor.

2. There is an error message mentioning “protoNumber” which could also be adjusted for consistency

3. When Python generates the ifname string, it uses the empty string for ifindex zero (matching any interface), although it does not look like parsing this back is supported

4. proto is endian-corrected, in contrast with Linux’s version being in network byte-order

5. Default pkttype is zero. This is equal to PACKET_HOST, so could be useful. Might also be worth changing the source code to explicitly use PACKET_HOST.

6. addr has to be a bytes-like object

7. Packet support is specific to Linux, and may not be compiled in

8. Existence of *_PACKET and PACKET_* constants

9. socket.bind() doc string needs updating since revision c8ef864ba861 (missing fifth parameter, addr)
msg253871 - (view) Author: Camilla Montonen (Winterflower) Date: 2015-11-01 20:02
Thank you very much for the feedback, Martin and Berker!
I'll start working on the revised patch.
msg302797 - (view) Author: Cheryl Sabella (cheryl.sabella) * (Python committer) Date: 2017-09-23 19:02
Hello Camilla,

Would you like to create a Github pull request for your patch?
msg325108 - (view) Author: Benjamin Peterson (benjamin.peterson) * (Python committer) Date: 2018-09-12 00:32
New changeset 731ff68eeef58babdf2b32dc9a73b141760c2be9 by Benjamin Peterson (Cheryl Sabella) in branch 'master':
closes bpo-25041: Document AF_PACKET socket address format. (GH-4092)
msg325112 - (view) Author: Benjamin Peterson (benjamin.peterson) * (Python committer) Date: 2018-09-12 01:46
New changeset cadb66e173ded86ebc85b54889db48f66e7af592 by Benjamin Peterson in branch '3.7':
[3.7] closes bpo-25041: Document AF_PACKET socket address format. (GH-9207)
msg325122 - (view) Author: Benjamin Peterson (benjamin.peterson) * (Python committer) Date: 2018-09-12 05:36
New changeset a00de685c11cf8bdca1f8efa7aab80552d80ddfb by Benjamin Peterson in branch '3.6':
[3.6] closes bpo-25041: Document AF_PACKET socket address format. (GH-9209)
Date User Action Args
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resolution: fixed
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