Subject: Re: IPX protocol support?
To: Perry E. Metzger <>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
List: current-users
Date: 07/27/1997 17:35:12
Perry Metzger writes:

>John Darrow writes:
>> Is anyone currently porting or planning to port IPX protocol support to
>> -current?  It's present in both FreeBSD and OpenBSD, but not NetBSD.

>I don't believe any such work is currently planned, BUT I suspect that
>a port would be fairly easy and likely would be committed to the main
>line source tree if it was clean.

Yup.  tech-net or tech-kern might be a better place to discuss this.

>> "Clean" might, of course, partially
>mean not duplicating code from the xns stuff...

Of course, IPX basically _is_ XNS, with some of the fields set to
zero, and a checksum algorithm that, historically, is a buggy XNS
checksum.  Merging the in-kernel IPX protocol code with the XNS code
is probably the right thing to do..

If what John Darrow is really after is Netware filesystem client
(e.g., ncpfs) support, that might be another question altogether.