nftables documentation improvement?

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Dear netfilter project,

In my recent interaction explaining nftables to some other users I am
under the impression that there is likely some improvement possible to
the nftables wiki.

The wiki is full of details about the individual expressions, actions,
etc. - but I think what's lacking (or I couldn't find it) is some kind
of conscise overall description of the terminology + the general
high-level architecture of the ruleset.

You can find some description in the first two paragraphs of
but that doesn't define the terms used (action, expression, statement,

You can find an overview of the terms used in
[but then actually with imprecise language like "rule refers to an
action to be configured within a chain." while a rule actually consists
of matching expressions and an action"]

I'd be willing to try to write a proposed improvded text expressing what
I have in mind.  I'd prefer to do that as some separate wiki page as a
draft for you guys to review before deciding whether to use it in the
main wiki pages.  I just didn't want to write it as unformatted
plain-text here in e-mail and then later have to re-format in wiki

So in short: If anybody would be willing to add an account for me, I'd
give it a shot and you can decide if you think what I'd consider an
improvement is also one in your point of view.


p.s.: I'm not subscribed to the list since becoming emeritus status a long
time ago, so please Cc me in any responses.

- Harald Welte <laforge@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
"Privacy in residential applications is a desirable marketing option."
                                                  (ETSI EN 300 175-7 Ch. A6)

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