Supporting VSOCK address family

Raimo Niskanen raimo+erlang-questions@REDACTED
Wed Nov 17 11:47:29 CET 2021

On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 02:54:30AM +0000, Ali Shirvani wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> As I found, current socket NIF does not support Linux VSOCK[1] address family.
> Regarding the recommendation in the Erlang/OTP contribution guide, I am writing to discuss adding the VSOCK address family to the socket NIF.
> I will be happy to implement this feature, and it would be great if you could give me some advice.

Sorry about the delay!  We are currently working on adding IOCtl:s
and rewriting the error handling in socket completely, so it is
a somewhat awkward question what would be the best advice to you...

I see no problem about adding AF_VSOCK on platforms where it is
supported, i.e Linux.

This would be a feature addition for the 'master' branch to be
released at the earliest in OTP-25.0.  Hopefully the needed
changes does not collide too much with our ongoing work,
so you might get away with creating a topic branch from
OTP-24.1, or wait for OTP-24.2.  Should merge conflicts
emerge you may need to rebase to a fresh 'master'.

The changes I foresee

* Add 'vsock' to the type domain().
* Add a record type sockaddr_vm() with mandatory field
  family := 'vsock', and optional fields
  cid    => any | hypervisor | reserved | host | 0..16#FFFFFFFF
  port   => any | 0..16#FFFFFFFF
* I do not know if it would be desired to have translations in
  bind/2 for 'any' -> #{family => vsock, cid => any, port => any}
  and 'loopback' -> #{family => vsock, cid => host, port => any}
  for domain vsock?

  #{family => vsock, port => any, cid => any}
* Add handling of the defaults in enc_sockaddr/1 like for e.g 'unspec'.

* Add struct sockaddr_vm to typedef union ESockAddress

* Add 'vsock' to esock_decode_domain() and esock_encode_domain()
* Add functions esock_decode_sockaddr_vsock()
  and esock_encode_sockaddr_vsock().  These need to handle
  'any', 'hypervisor', 'reserved' and 'host' and translate to/from
* Add those functions to esock_decode_sockaddr()
  and esock_encode_sockaddr()

In general: search for AF_INET, AF_INET6 and AF_LOCAL in the C files
for socket to see where something equivalent should be added for AF_VSOCK.

Good luck!
/ Raimo

> Regards,
> Ali
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/ Raimo Niskanen, Erlang/OTP, Ericsson AB

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