Paid hacking: Linux "netlink" client library for Ruby

Hello Ruby hackers,

I’m looking for someone to build a partial Linux Netlink client library
in Ruby. We want some nice open-source library code that implements the
Netlink protocol in a clean, idiomatic, Ruby library with a liberal, and
are willing to pay a few thousand UK pounds depending on level of effort
& ambition :slight_smile: I would hope that for the right person it’s only 2-4
weeks work.

The Netlink protocol is what the Linux “ip”, “iptables” and “tc”
commands use to communicate with the kernel. We are using it to build
our http://bigv.io/ hosting platform which is a few weeks away from a
beta. I really need to implement some access controls and really don’t
want to write wrappers around the relevant commands. The protocol isn’t
very well documented except here:
http://people.redhat.com/nhorman/papers/netlink.pdf
and of course in the source to the commands above.

We need Ruby commands to add & remove IPv4 & IPv6 addresses on a network
interface, and simple firewall rules (to include TCP ports, IPv4/6
addresses, and MACs). Anything more would be a nice bonus.

So if anyone is out there, knows Ruby, and knows the Linux kernel,
please get in touch privately and tell me how easy, quick & expensive
you think it will be. Bonus points for API examples or other ideas. I
know roughly how I’d do it myself, so hope to wrap this up quite
quickly. While the library can be distributed under a liberal license,
hosted on github etc., Bytemark would want to keep the copyright, at
least for any work where we’re paying for the development.

If I’ve missed anything important I can clarify here.

Thanks,


Matthew B. Bytemark Hosting
http://www.bytemark.co.uk/
tel: +44 (0) 1904 890890

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