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           BIRD Internet Routing Daemon

    (c) 1998--2008  Martin Mares <>
            (c) 1998--2000  Pavel Machek <>
            (c) 1998--2008  Ondrej Filip <>
            (c) 2009--2013  CZ.NIC z.s.p.o.


The BIRD project is an attempt to create a routing daemon running on UNIX-like
systems (but not necessarily limited to them) with full support of all modern
routing protocols, easy to use configuration interface and powerful route
filtering language.

If you want to help us debugging, enhancing and porting BIRD or just lurk
around to see what's going to develop from this strange creature, feel free
to subscribe to the BIRD users mailing list (,
send subscribes to majordomo at the same machine). Bug reports, suggestions,
feature requests (: and code :) are welcome.

You can download the latest version from
and look at the BIRD home page at

BIRD development started as a student project at the Faculty of Math
and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic under supervision
of RNDr. Libor Forst BIRD has been developed and supported
by CZ.NIC z.s.p.o. since 2009.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA

How to install BIRD:

make install
vi /usr/local/etc/bird.conf

Online documentation is available as HTML files in the doc directory,
you can install it by make install-docs' and rebuild it bymake docs',
but for the latter you need SGMLtools and LaTeX to be installed on your
machine. You can also download a neatly formatted PostScript version
as a separate archive (bird-doc-*.tar.gz).

What do we support:

o  Both IPv4 and IPv6 (use --enable-ipv6 when configuring)
o  Multiple routing tables
o  BGP
o  RIP
o  Static routes
o  Inter-table protocol
o  IPv6 router advertisements
o  Command-line interface (using the `birdc' client; to get
   some help, just press `?')
o  Soft reconfiguration -- no online commands for changing the
   configuration in very limited ways, just edit the configuration
   file and issue a `configure' command or send SIGHUP and BIRD
   will start using the new configuration, possibly restarting
   protocols affected by the configuration changes.
o  Powerful language for route filtering (see doc/bird.conf.example).

What is missing:

o  See the TODO list

Good Luck and enjoy the BIRD :)
The BIRD Team

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