1. Introduction

1.1. Intended Audience

I have written this document with the experienced Linux administrator in mind. I make the assumption that the reader is familiar with compiling a kernel, downloading and configuring source packages from project Web sites, the Bash shell, patching sources, and so forth. It is also assumed that the reader has at least passing familiarity with Linux's Netfilter packet filter. Those already familiar with traffic control on other devices or platforms may wish to skip Introduction to QoS and start with Linux Traffic Control.

1.2. Copyright and License

This document, A Practical Guide to Linux Traffic Control, is copyrighted (c) 2004 by Jason Boxman.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. 2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is available at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

1.3. Disclaimer

No liability for the contents of this document can be accepted. Use the concepts, examples and information at your own risk. There may be errors and inaccuracies, that could be damaging to your system. Proceed with caution, and although this is highly unlikely, the author(s) do not take any responsibility.

All copyrights are held by their respective owners, unless specifically noted otherwise. Use of a term in this document should not be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark or service mark. Naming of particular products or brands should not be seen as endorsements.

1.4. Feedback

Please feel free to contact me with corrections, omissions, and questions. .

1.5. New Versions of this Document

The newest version of this HOWTO will always first be made available here.

1.6. Credits

I'd like to thank the following people for suggestions and corrections, in no particular order. Thanks to Tomasz Orzechowski, Andy Lievertz, Andreas Klauer, and anyone else I didn't mention. Special thanks to Adria, my girlfriend, for strongly encouraging me to spellcheck anything before I publicly release it.