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MBUF_TAGS(9)           FreeBSD Kernel Developer's Manual          MBUF_TAGS(9)

     mbuf_tags -- a framework for generic packet attributes

     #include <sys/mbuf.h>

     struct m_tag *
     m_tag_alloc(u_int32_t cookie, int type, int len, int wait);

     struct m_tag *
     m_tag_copy(struct m_tag *t, int how);

     m_tag_copy_chain(struct mbuf *to, struct mbuf *from, int how);

     m_tag_delete(struct mbuf *m, struct m_tag *t);

     m_tag_delete_chain(struct mbuf *m, struct m_tag *t);

     m_tag_delete_nonpersistent(struct mbuf *m);

     struct m_tag *
     m_tag_find(struct mbuf *m, int type, struct m_tag *start);

     struct m_tag *
     m_tag_first(struct mbuf *m);

     m_tag_free(struct m_tag *t);

     struct m_tag *
     m_tag_get(int type, int len, int wait);

     m_tag_init(struct mbuf *m);

     struct m_tag *
     m_tag_locate(struct mbuf *m, u_int32_t cookie, int type,
         struct m_tag *t);

     struct m_tag *
     m_tag_next(struct mbuf *m, struct m_tag *t);

     m_tag_prepend(struct mbuf *m, struct m_tag *t);

     m_tag_unlink(struct mbuf *m, struct m_tag *t);

     Mbuf tags allow additional meta-data to be associated with in-flight
     packets by providing a mechanism for the tagging of additional kernel
     memory onto packet header mbufs.  Tags are maintained in chains off of
     the mbuf(9) header, and maintained using a series of API calls to allo-
     cate, search, and delete tags.  Tags are identified using an ID and
     cookie that uniquely identify a class of data tagged onto the packet, and
     may contain an arbitrary amount of additional storage.  Typical uses of
     mbuf tags include the storage of VLAN tags as described in vlan(4),
     Mandatory Access Control (MAC) labels as described in mac(9), IPsec pol-
     icy information as described in ipsec(4), and packet filter tags used by

     Tags will be maintained across a variety of operations, including the
     copying of packet headers using facilities such as M_COPY_PKTHDR() and
     M_MOVE_PKTHDR().  Any tags associated with an mbuf header will be auto-
     matically freed when the mbuf is freed, although some subsystems will
     wish to delete the tags prior to that time.

     Packet tags are used by different kernel APIs to keep track of operations
     done or scheduled to happen to packets.  Each packet tag can be distin-
     guished by its type and cookie.  The cookie is used to identify a spe-
     cific module or API.  The packet tags are attached to mbuf packet head-

     The first sizeof(struct m_tag) bytes of a tag contain a struct m_tag:

     struct m_tag {
             SLIST_ENTRY(m_tag)      m_tag_link;     /* List of packet tags */
             u_int16_t               m_tag_id;       /* Tag ID */
             u_int16_t               m_tag_len;      /* Length of data */
             u_int32_t               m_tag_cookie;   /* ABI/Module ID */
             void                    (*m_tag_free)(struct m_tag *);

     The m_tag_link field is used to link tags together (see queue(3) for more
     details).  The m_tag_id, m_tag_len and m_tag_cookie fields are set to
     type, length, and cookie, respectively.  m_tag_free points to
     m_tag_free_default().  Following this structure are m_tag_len bytes of
     space that can be used to store tag-specific information.  Addressing
     this data region may be tricky.  A safe way is embedding struct m_tag
     into a private data structure, as follows:

           struct foo {
                   struct m_tag    tag;
           struct foo *p = (struct foo *)m_tag_alloc(...);
           struct m_tag *mtag = &p->tag;

     Note that OpenBSD does not support cookies, it needs m_tag_id to be glob-
     ally unique.  To keep compatibility with OpenBSD, a cookie
     MTAG_ABI_COMPAT is provided along with some compatibility functions.
     When writing an OpenBSD compatible code, one should be careful not to
     take already used tag type.  Tag types are defined in <sys/mbuf.h>.

   Packet Tag Manipulation Functions
           m_tag_alloc(cookie, type, len, wait)
           Allocate a new tag of type type and cookie cookie with len bytes of
           space following the tag header itself.  The wait argument is passed
           directly to malloc(9).  If successful, m_tag_alloc() returns a mem-
           ory buffer of (len + sizeof(struct m_tag)) bytes.  Otherwise, NULL
           is returned.  A compatibility function m_tag_get() is also pro-

           m_tag_copy(tag, how)
           Allocate a copy of tag.  The how argument is passed directly to
           m_tag_alloc().  The return values are the same as in m_tag_alloc().

           m_tag_copy_chain(tombuf, frommbuf, how)
           Allocate and copy all tags from mbuf frommbuf to mbuf tombuf.
           Returns 1 on success, and 0 on failure.  In the latter case, mbuf
           tombuf loses all its tags, even previously present.

           m_tag_delete(mbuf, tag)
           Remove tag from mbuf's list and free it.

           m_tag_delete_chain(mbuf, tag)
           Remove and free a packet tag chain, starting from tag.  If tag is
           NULL, all tags are deleted.

           Traverse mbuf's tags and delete those which do not have the
           MTAG_PERSISTENT flag set.

           Return the first tag associated with mbuf.

           Free tag using its m_tag_free method.  The m_tag_free_default()
           function is used by default.

           Initialize the tag storage for packet mbuf.

           m_tag_locate(mbuf, cookie, type, tag)
           Search for a tag defined by type and cookie in mbuf, starting from
           position specified by tag.  If the latter is NULL, then search
           through the whole list.  Upon success, a pointer to the first found
           tag is returned.  In either case, NULL is returned.  A compatibil-
           ity function m_tag_find() is also provided.

           m_tag_next(mbuf, tag)
           Return tag next to tag in mbuf.  If absent, NULL is returned.

           m_tag_prepend(mbuf, tag)
           Add the new tag tag at the head of the tag list for packet mbuf.

           m_tag_unlink(mbuf, tag)
           Remove tag tag from the list of tags of packet mbuf.

     The tag-manipulating code is contained in the file sys/kern/uipc_mbuf2.c.
     Inlined functions are defined in <sys/mbuf.h>.

     queue(3), mbuf(9)

     The packet tags first appeared in OpenBSD 2.9 and were written by Angelos
     D. Keromytis <>.

FreeBSD 6.2                    November 18, 2004                   FreeBSD 6.2


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