[riot-notifications] [RIOT-OS/RIOT] sys/net/gnrc/netif: add gnrc_netif_parse_hostname() (#16634)

José Alamos notifications at github.com
Mon Jul 12 19:27:43 CEST 2021

> The "auto-detect interface if there is only one interface and address is link-local" part is GNRC specific though

But what prevents to make it stack independent? And why it wouldn't be possible to still implement it in a generic way?

There's on-going work for using the `netif` interface as the OS entry point of an interface, instead of using `gnrc_netif`. We are already able to use e.g LWM2M with LWIP through #16563 and it will become more important to have these "generic" API (not GNRC, but rather OS entry points) when other stacks fully support `netif_xxx` (there's ongoing work for OpenThread).

It's true that it's not possible to write apps fully stack independent yet unfortunately, but removing `gcoap` and `sock` dependencies to GNRC will definitely help to move forward on this direction.

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