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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] ioctl SIOCGIFNETMASK: ip alias bug 2.4.9 and 2.2.19
    On Thu, Sep 06, 2001 at 10:13:59PM +0200, Matthias Andree wrote:
    > On Thu, 06 Sep 2001, Alan Cox wrote:
    > > I think you have the metaphor wrong. The older API is a bit like the
    > > cavalry charging into battle at the start of world war one. It may have been
    > > how everyone did it but they guys with the "newfangled, really not how it
    > > should be done, definitely not cricket" machine guns got the last laugh
    > Alan, portability is an issue or Linux will lose. Admittedly, legacy
    > interfaces do not support all of those new features, but a rather
    > trivial patch of mine brings SIOCGIFNETMASK compatibility with both the
    > old and the new stuff, please name precisely the objections against
    > portability and compatibility with FreeBSD 4.x aliasing.

    Are you saying that Linux should implement compability with _new_
    features in FreeBSD 4.x, while at the same time frowning at the fact
    that Linux introduces a new API?! The mind boggles at the thought.

    Please accept, that sometimes, just sometimes, there is a superior way
    to do something, and implementing support for that might not be such
    a bad idea after all. Whining about this causing "bloat and maintainance
    nightmares" (no, not a direct quote, sorry for that) doesn't cut it,
    because there are probably more Linux-machines running the software than
    any BSD-machines, thus the netlink-code will get _more_ testing than
    the legacy API.

    /David Weinehall
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