In the current version of Quagga on Linux, I found there is a rule which can suppress some kind routes information from advertising out to neighbor routers via RIPv2.

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If router r1 connects to another router r2 via an interface 'nic0', and r1 has another interface 'nic1' connect to another network 'net1'. Then r1 hopes to advertise route to 'net1' to its neighbor r2. The network, say net0, is the network connecting r1 and r2, which is, say,, and the network 'net1' is, say,

In this case, the route entry of (via nic1) will not be sent to r2 because the RIPv2 program in Quagga internally suppressed the entry and drop it.

I checked the source code of RIPv2 of Quagga, and found that is because of a rule: has a network prefix which is contained by the network prefix of, in other words, the leftmost 24 bits of is a substring of the leftmost 27 bits of

But I don't understand why there is such a rule. Is it defined by RIPv2 standard or just a quirk of Quagga? In my understanding, the overlapping between net0 and net1 is valid and should not be a problem because of the 'Longest Network Prefix Matching Rule' in routing, and to the router r2, it really need to know there exists a bigger network net1 (comparing to net0) can be reached via r1. If this route info was suppressed by Quagga, r2 will not know that and the hosts in net1 cannot be accessed from net0 from r2 side.

Is there someone who know that?

Thanks, woody


If the network is directly connected to R1, that might pose a problem. In this case, R1 has overlapping IP addresses on both of its interfaces. I'm not a linux expert, but I know that this is not supported on Cisco routers (and I'm pretty sure it's not supported either on any other router/firewall).

If the network is not directly connected to R1 then there must be a third router in the network, let's call that one R0. R0 is directly connected to the network and connects to R1 via some other network, e.g. In that case the setup should work just fine. I've tested this on Cisco routers. is variably subnetted, 4 subnets, 4 masks
R [120/1] via, 00:00:13, Ethernet0/1 (nic1)
C is directly connected, Ethernet0/0 (nic0)

Perhaps Quagga -- although not complaining about it -- also cannot handle these overlapping IP ranges on both of its interfaces.

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    In Linux, net0 and net1 as connected networks to R1 are allowed to exists, and I don't see why there could be a problem to the routing point of view since we have Longest Network Prefix Matching rule. So there is still no a clear explanation to me. More confusing thing is, if I swap definition of net1 and net0, then the ripd of Quagga in R1 will advertise route to net1 out to R2. Is there a reason behind the behavior?
    – Woody Wu
    Aug 25 '18 at 16:04
  • Can you share your configuration files?
    – Tommiie
    Aug 26 '18 at 12:17

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