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GateD, Release 3.5

The GateD documentation is now all written in HTML, the HyperText Markup Language. It has been developed primarily with the NCSA Mosaic for the X Window System WWW/HTML viewer, but should work with any WWW/HTML viewer. Mosaic viewers for the X Window System, the Apple Macintosh and for Microsoft Windows are available from ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu in the Mosaic directory.

If you are reading this file as the README file in a GateD distribution, it was converted to plain text for the distribution. The INSTALL file in this directory has also been converted from HTML to plain text. To view the GateD documentation with an HTML viewer, point it at doc/main.html.


The document consists of the following sections:
What is Gated?
A very brief description of GateD.
Getting HELP!
How to get help installing and running GateD.
Obtaining GateD
How to get the latest copy of GateD.
GateD Consortium Welcome Page
A pointer to on-line information about GateD.
GateD Consortium
A brief description of the GateD Consortium.
Licensing GateD
An overview of GateD licensing.
GateD Copyright Information
Copyrights that apply to GateD.
Installation Guide
Describes how to configure and install gated.
Configuration Guide
Describes the GateD configuration file in excruitiating detal.
Operations Guide
Describes the command line options and signals that GateD supports as well as the various support programs included.
Internals Guide
Describes how the various aspects of GateD's internal work.

What is GateD?

GateD is a modular software program consisting of core services, a routing database, and protocol modules supporting multiple routing protocols (RIP versions 1 and 2, DCN HELLO, OSPF version 2, EGP version 2 and BGP version 2 through 4.) GateD was first used to interconnect the NSFNET and the emerging regional networks, and to implement filtered routing based on policy. GateD allows the network administrator to control import and export of routing information by individual protocol, by source and destination autonomous system, source and destination interface, previous hop router, and specific destination address. The network administrator can specify a preference level for each combination of routing information being imported by using a flexible masking capability. Once the preference levels are assigned, GateD makes a decision on which route to use independent of the protocols involved.

GateD is designed to handle dynamic routing with a routing database built from information exchanged by routing protocols.

Getting HELP!

If you need assistance or have any questions, don't bang your head against the wall. Post to the mailing list. There are many people with GateD experience who may be able to take a moment to help.

When reporting a problem with GateD, several pieces of information will greatly assist in debugging:

  1. GateD version (R3_5Beta_2).
  2. What system it is running on, hardware, software and versions.
  3. Your configuration file.
  4. The interface configuration. It helps to provide this as both the output of netstat -in (netstat -i -n on BSD 4.2 based systems) and an ifconfig for each interface (ifconfig -a will work for some versions of SunOS 4 and later.
  5. The routing table, i.e. netstat -rn (netstat -r -n on BSD 4.2 based systems)
  6. GateD's idea of the above. To get this start GateD with -t (which is short for -tgeneral). Setting tracing options in the config file will not get all this information because GateD scans the interfaces before parsing the config file. So you must specify tracing on the command line.
  7. Trace output of your problem. If it is a RIP problem, turn on RIP tracing, an EGP problem, turn on EGP tracing.
The following e-mail addresses are available for help with GateD. NOTE: if this is an alpha release of GateD, substitute gated-alpha for gated-people wherever it appears below.
The mailing list. Please report bugs, enhancements and comments to the mailing list.
The gated developers.
The mailing list request address. Note that your request is processed by a person, not a script. If several people at your site are intersted in being on the mailing list, please consider setting up a local alias.
The archive server for the GateD mailing list. For information on how to use it, send a message with a Subject: line of help.

Obtaining GateD

We urge you to make sure you are using the latest copy of GateD. GateD is easy to obtain over the network via one of the following methods:
Gated is available for anonymousFTP from ftp.gated.cornell.edu as pub/gated/gated-release.tar.Z.
GateD is available via Gopher from gopher.gated.cornell.edu in the Gated Distribution Directory.
GateD is available on the World Wide Web via the GateD Consortium Welcome Page.
Gated is available via electronic mail from the gated-people archive server. Send mail to gated-people-archive@gated.cornell.edu with a Subject: line of help.

GateD Consortium Welcome Page

Further information about GateD may be obtained from the GateD Consortium Welcome Page with an HTML viewer. This includes documentation for the currently available release(s).

GateD Consortium

The GateDaemon Consortium presents a formal structure to support and expand the current successful collaborations already in place to develop GateD functionality. Membership is open to all organizations interested in supporting and participating in development of internetwork routing protocols. Membership is not a prerequisite for licensing of GateD source code. More information about the GateD Consortium may be obtained from the GateD Consortium Welcome Page or my e-mail to consortium-interest@gated.cornell.edu.

Licensing GateD

GateD is freely available, but redistribution is restricted. Those who wish to redistribute GateD may do so under agreement with Cornell. Anyone wishing to transfer part or all of GateD to any third party must first execute the GateD Redistribution License which corresponds with the version of GateD to be redistributed. The GateD Redistribution License entails no license fee. Instead, licensees are required to submit certain modifications and enhancements of GateD to Cornell for distribution to the user community. Distribution of licensee-developed enhancements is for the benefit of the GateD user community and subject only to the GateD source file restrictions and, if applicable, to the appropriate GateD Redistribution License.

See the Licensing file in the distribution directory contains for more details about licensing this release of GateD. This information is also available from the GateD Consortium Welcome Page.

Copyright Informaton

The following are the short forms of the Copyrights that apply to GateD. If you are reading this document with an HTML viewer, click on them to see the legalese in excrutiating detail.
This package and associated documentation is Copyright (c) 1990,1991,1992,1993,1994,1995 Cornell University., all rights reserved. This software contains code that is Copyright (c) 1988 Regents of the University of California., all rights reserved.;
This package contains code that is Copyright (c) 1989, 1990, 1991 The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland., all rights reserved.
This package contains code that is Copyright 1991 D.L.S. Associates., all rights reserved.

Last updated 1994/04/15 16:11:40.


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