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SubjectRe: notion of a local address [was: Re: ioctl SIOCGIFNETMASK: ip alias bug 2.4.9 and 2.2.19]
Followup to:  <>
By author: (Wietse Venema)
In newsgroup:
> The SMTP RFC requires that user@[ip.address] is correctly recognized
> as a final destination. This requires that Linux provides the MTA
> with information about IP addresses that correspond with INADDR_ANY.
> I am susprised that it is not possible to ask such information up
> front (same with netmasks), and that an application has to actually
> query a complex oracle, again and again, for every IP address.

In autofs, I use the following technique to determine if the IP number
for a host is local (and therefore vfsbinds can be used rather than
NFS mounts):

connect a datagram socket (which won't produce any actual traffic) to
the remote host with INADDR_ANY as the local address, and then query
the local address. If the local address is the same as the remote
address, the address is local.

<> at work, <> in private!
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