Yes. I also found that FreeBSD's route(8) implementation does not have an
equivalent of 'netstat -r'. NetBSD and GNU/Linux implementations have such
an option. Any reason for this? Is it because you did not want to muck with
/dev/kmem in route(8) and wanted it to work with PF_ROUTE only? I have not
yet gone through NetBSD's route(8) code though.
Usually the "reason" for things like this is that no one has written the code
to do otherwise :-). PF_ROUTE is probably not a good mechanism for any bulk
data transfer due to the constraints of being a datagram socket, although
doing it via an interated dump rather than a simple dump operation would
probably work. Sysctl is generally a better interface for monitoring for
various reasona, although it also has limitations. Maintaining historic kmem
support is important, since it is also the code used for interpreting core
dumps, and we don't want to lose support for that.
Robert N M Watson
University of Cambridge