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SubjectRe: [2.4 PATCH] bugfix: ARP respond on all devices
David S. Miller wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:49:14 -0400 (EDT)
> Bill Davidsen <> wrote:
>>On 19 Aug 2003, Daniel Gryniewicz wrote:
>>I have been asking for a similar thing as well, David mentioned some
>>things that would break, but I believe they break if you use source
>>routing, so that seems not to be a real objection.
> It's not about source routing. It's about failover and being
> able to use ARP on interfaces which don't have addresses assigned
> to them yet.


> BTW, another thing which makes the source address selection for
> outgoing ARPs a real touchy area is the following. Some weird
> configurations actually respond with different ARP answers based upon
> the source address in the ARP request. You can ask Julian Anastasov
> about such (arguably pathological) setups.

It seems that these reasons would not preclude the addition of a flag
that would default to the current behaviour but allow the behaviour that
other setups desire easily? That seems to be all that folks are really
arguing for. If/when the user enabled this new flag, then they should
be fully responsible for the change in behaviour, and they can deal with
it as needed.

Ben Greear <>
Candela Technologies Inc

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