> does this mean i can no longer safely run: > > ifconfig `cat /etc/ifconfig.xxx` > > ? if so, that's a lose. Well, you couldn't always do so before either... my ifconfig.* files have two lines, one for IPv4, and one for IPv6. ah, so we began losing with ipv6 i guess. oh well, i'll just have to get out of that habit :-( .mrg.