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Where's the main TIPC web site?

It's on http://tipc.sf.net. Here you'll find documentation, downloads, and support information, as well as news about the latest enhancements to TIPC.


Where's the TIPC mailing list?

It's on http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?forum_id=36752.


Why am I having trouble getting started using TIPC?

You may not have the right version of software for your system. For example, there are different versions of the tipc-config tool for Linux TIPC 1.5 and Linux TIPC 1.6; which one you need depends on what version of the Linux kernel you're running. (The same goes for the TIPC demo programs.) See http://tipc.sourceforge.net/download.html to find out what software versions you require for your system.


Does TIPC 1.4 (or 1.3) interoperate with TIPC 1.6 (or 1.5)?

The two releases are largely compatible, so applications should be able to detect one another and exchange messages. However, there are some limitations that users should be aware of:

  1. TIPC name types 8 to 63 are reserved in TIPC 1.6, so it is not possible for a TIPC 1.6-based socket to send to a TIPC 1.4-based socket that has published such a name.
  2. Significant changes to multicasting were made in TIPC 1.6, so the use of multicasting applications in a mixed-release network may prove problematic. However, a TIPC 1.6-based network that has multicasting applications should be able to incorporate TIPC 1.4-based nodes safely as long as the applications on the latter nodes do not attempt to participate in any form of multicasting (either as senders or receivers).
  3. TIPC's configuration service was completed rewritten in TIPC 1.6, so it is not possible for a node running these releases to issue a configuration command to a node running TIPC 1.4 (or vice versa) using tipc-config's "-dest" option.


When will TIPC's native API capability become available?

The native API provided by TIPC 1.6 (and 1.5) is documented in version 1.2 of the TIPC Programmer's Guide. Please note that the native API is still under development at this time; users are invited to provide their feedback and suggestions to the TIPC mailing list.

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