How to know which interface a broadcast packet comes in on?

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Lincoln Yeoh, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. Lincoln Yeoh

    Lincoln Yeoh Guest

    Hi,

    If I have a program listening on 0.0.0.0:(someport) on all interfaces,
    how do I know which network interface a broadcast packet is coming in
    on - assuming Linux and _many_ interfaces. And how do I set which
    interface a frame will leave on, assuming I'm sending a raw frame (no
    IP address, just the ethernet address).

    If I use C, it seems I'm to use the IP_PKTINFO socket options,
    send/recv the ancillary messages and set/check the ipi_ifindex value.

    struct in_pktinfo {
    unsigned int ipi_ifindex; /* Interface index */
    struct in_addr ipi_spec_dst; /* Local address */
    struct in_addr ipi_addr; /* Header Destination address
    */
    };

    How would I achieve the same thing in Ruby?

    This would be useful for writing something like a DHCP server - such a
    server could receive packets with source IP addresses of 0.0.0.0
    destined to 255.255.255.255, and will need to know which interface the
    packet is coming in from AND the source ethernet (or other link layer)
    address so that it can send the replies out the right interface.

    Thanks!
    Link.
     
    Lincoln Yeoh, Sep 3, 2005
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