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Re: /etc/network/interfaces & point-to-point ethernet & broadcast address

On Thu, Feb 13, 2003 at 09:36:32AM +1100, Brian May wrote:
> Because ip has support for more features then route/ifconfig?
> eg:
> - add/remove addresses from network devices with resorting to creating
>   lots of different aliases.
> - ability to set/view prefered IP address on outgoing connections in
>   routing table.
> - IPv6 support.
> - probably others that I have missed.

Can ip configure non-ip interfaces? 

You may be surprised to hear that Linux supports interfaces which do not 
(always) carry IP at all. For example, the amateur radio devices
supported by the Linux kernel - IP may be used over the AX.25 link
layer, or AX.25 connections may be made directly using suitable userland
programs. 'ifconfig <dev> hw ax25 <callsign>' is the typical invocation
to configure the callsign for such a device.

The above features do sound useful - but so does having a standard
ifconfig with an interface and name similar to every other UNIX OS.

Or is ip another fad like devfs?

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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