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SubjectRe: what is net-pf-17?
Hi Drago, Marty.

>> I have a 2.0.36 kernel (which works with 2.3.*) which is using
>> dhcp...

>> I'm getting a message
>> modprobe can't find net-pf-17
>> and dhcp fails...

>> What is net-pf-17?

> It's the packet protocol family (AF_PACKET/PF_PACKET). Check
> out all the address/protocol family defintions in <socket.h>.

>> Is there a table of what net-pf-xx means? (I know appletalk and
>> ipx are 4 and 5). Can more meaningful messages be displayed
>> (this is fundamentally a redhat 5.2 system).

> This is what modprobe is given by the kernel to locate the
> driver for this protocol. Add this to your /etc/conf.modules:

> alias net-pf-17 af_packet

> And make sure you've configured CONFIG_PACKET as a module:

For reference, here's the valies I've managed to identify...

Q> Modprobe Identifier Possible Identifier
Q> ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Q> net-pf-1 unix
Q> net-pf-2 ipv4
Q> net-pf-3 ax25
Q> net-pf-4 ipx
Q> net-pf-5 appletalk
Q> net_pf_6 netrom
Q> net_pf_8 atmpvc
Q> net_pf_9 x25
Q> net_pf_10 ipv6
Q> net_pf_11 rose
Q> net_pf_12 decnet
Q> net_pf_13 netbeui
Q> net_pf_16 netlink
Q> net-pf-17 packet
Q> net_pf_18 ash
Q> net_pf_19 econet
Q> net_pf_20 atmsvc
Q> net_pf_22 sna
Q> net_pf_23 irda

The 'possible identifier' column is where I have identified the
protocol being referred to, but have no info as to the actual protocol
identifier to use. Basically, if you have the relevant protocol as a
module for your current kernel, look for a module with a name similar
to those given, probably to be found in...

/lib/modules/`uname -r`/net/

Best wishes from Riley.

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