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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] ioctl SIOCGIFNETMASK: ip alias bug 2.4.9 and 2.2.19
    On Mon, Sep 10, 2001 at 08:26:03AM -0400, Wietse Venema wrote:
    > David Weinehall:
    > > 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.
    >
    > SIOCGIFNETMASK is not "new". It exists in systems as ancient as
    > SunOS 4.x, which pre dates FreeBSD 4.x by about 10 years.
    >
    > Evidence: RTFM the Postfix source code :-)
    >
    > In other words, SIOCGIFNETMASK existed long before Linux could plug
    > into a network.

    "[snip] old and the new stuff, please name precisely the objections
    against portability and compatibility with FreeBSD 4.x aliasing."
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    This is what lead me to my conclusion. Care to clarify? If you simply
    meant SIOCGIFNETMASK, why not write that instead instead of involving
    FreeBSD 4.x?!


    /David Weinehall
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