Minix Networking Documentation

modified: 4 Dec 2003

From ctwong@nyx.net Sat May 24 08:25:50 2003
Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 22:16:43 -0600 (MDT)
From: C Wong <ctwong@nyx.net>
To: awoodhull@hampshire.edu
Subject: Minix Networking Documentation

This is in response to your newsgroup message saying "I would appreciate receiving e-mail from anyone who has created such a site or who can recommend such a site."

I've written some long documentation on parts of inet source code. The documentation comes out at 80 pages on lynx. It's at


The documentation covers sr.c, mq.c, buf.c, inet.c, udp.c, and pretty much all of the ip part. It also contains a general description of how the ip system works in Minix.

I was going to also cover psip.c and ip_ps.c, but I'm too tired to do it right now.

New version (Dec 2003): now online at http://www.nyx.net/~ctwong/minix/Minix_startpage.htm.

Note added by ASW (updated 2003-05-27): The May 2003 version of this document was apparently written using Microsoft Word and then exported as an html document. I found that it did not render correctly when I attempted to read it on the net. I tried four different browsers (Netscape, MSIE, Mozilla, and lynx) on Windows, Linux, and Mozilla, and none worked correctly. However, I found that with MSIE I could select the option to edit with Microsoft Word and then view or print the document from Word.

With the author's permission I have posted a Rich Text Format version of his Minix Networking Documentation here at [http://minix1.bio.umass.edu | http://minix1.hampshire.edu] /pub/info/mxnetdoc.rtf.

I hesitated to post a document in a proprietary format, particularly a format belonging to Microsoft, but I think this is a very useful document and well worth the trouble to download and print for anyone who wants to understand Minix networking. In my opinion the RTF format is much more acceptable than the default MS Word DOC format, since it does not produce bloated files and RTF documents don't transmit dangerous macros. For those interested, there is an RTF-Tools -- RTF software and documentation site at http://www.dubois.ws/software/RTF/ with documentation on RTF formats and source code for translators to convert RTF to other formats. It would be interesting to see if some of these could be ported to Minix.


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