[Gllug] High Availability firewall

Nix nix at esperi.org.uk
Sat Apr 8 16:00:05 UTC 2006

On Sun, 2 Apr 2006, Bruce Richardson stated:
> I can see why the iptables design prevents the creation of chains that
> are common to all tables but that doesn't make it any more acceptable.
> Most people who run up against this limitation seem to work round it
> either by using fwmark (a very ugly way to solve the problem) or by
> using templates to generate the rules in the hope that this will
> minimise the occasions for error.  Still, I look at pf, where you can
> give a chain of rules a return value and use it as a function, with
> envy.

Yeah, iptables seems to be a classic TeX-like case of `we didn't realise
that what we were building should have been a language until it was too

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