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SubjectRe: About IP address
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Followup to:  <20001127163217.B20394@alcove.wittsend.com>
By author: "Michael H. Warfield" <mhw@wittsend.com>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> Glad you can't understand it, because it's incorrect. They can
> be used but they are both assigned to IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers
> Authority) as reserved address blocks. You can't use them because IANA
> controls them and dictates how they might be used if they are ever
> used. Since there may be broken software out there that mishandles
> those addresses, it's entirely possible that IANA will never use them
> for any routable purpose. Neither currently have reverse name servers
> assigned, so it's presumable that they are simply not in operation
> and IANA is keeping them reserved to keep them out of trouble.
>

Most likely, they have put them in a bin saying "potentially
troublesome with old software, assign them last." As long as there
are other addresses available, they won't be used.

-hpa
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