Math operations

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nftables includes some interesting math operations generators which can be used to perform advanced operations like Load balancing.

Number generator

The number generator statement has these options:

  • type: inc/random.
  • modulus: maximun number
  • offset: from what value you want to start from

Some examples, distributing marks to packets:

table ip t {
	chain c {
		mark set numgen inc mod 4 offset 3
		mark set numgen random mod 50 offset 20
		mark set numgen inc mod 100