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SubjectRE: [2.4 PATCH] bugfix: ARP respond on all devices
Alan Cox wrote:
> One thing I agree with you about is that an ARP resolution for an
> address via one path should not block a resolution for it by another
> path since to begin with the two paths may be to different routers
> one of which is down.


I can't believe that you're advocating networking code where:

1) It's not predictable - the route of a packet depends on the ARP reply
generated due to a previous packet.

2) Linux will fail to communicate with the vast majority of routers under
some, fairly basic, conditions.

I'm certain that Cisco (for example) won't change their ways. I
can't blame them, either - no one else does it this way and there's no good
reason for doing it like this either.

I think I'm going to give up at this point because I know I'm not
going to get anywhere. A simple static ARP entry will fix my problems,
although I'd prefer a more generic solution.

Good luck!

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