[PATCH] wg-quick: linux: add support for nft and prefer it

Jordan Glover Golden_Miller83 at protonmail.ch
Tue Dec 10 21:30:14 CET 2019

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019 7:15 PM, Jason A. Donenfeld <Jason at zx2c4.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 7:58 PM Jordan Glover
> Golden_Miller83 at protonmail.ch wrote:
> > On Tuesday, December 10, 2019 5:36 PM, Jason A. Donenfeld Jason at zx2c4.com wrote:
> >
> > > On the other hand, if what you say is actually true in our case, and
> > > nftables is utter crap, then perhaps we should scrap this nft(8) patch
> > > all together and just keep pure iptables(8). DKG - you seemed to want
> > > nft(8) support, though. How would you feel about that sort of
> > > conclusion?
> > > Jason
> >
> > The only scenario where you really want to use nft is where iptables command
> > doesn't exist. I don't know how realistic scenario it is but I assume it can
> > happen in the wild. Otherwise calling iptables will take care of both iptables
> > and nftables automatically if those are supported on system. That's why I
> > proposed to invert current patch logic.
> I reason about things a bit differently. For me, the decision is
> between these two categories:
> A) iptables-nft points to iptables and is available for people who
> want a nft-only system. So, code against the iptables API, and mandate
> that users either have iptables or iptables-nft installed, which isn't
> unreasonable, considering the easy availability of each.
> B) nft is the future and should be used whenever available. Support
> iptables as a fallback though for old systems, and remove it as soon
> as we can.
> Attitudes that fall somewhere between (A) and (B) are much less
> interesting to me.

Isn't future goal to drop those firewall hacks altogether? The future of
nft may be irrelevant then and effort should go for iptables which works
on more systems


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