Subject: Re: Bad things with NetBSD and IP
To: Mike Pelley <email@example.com>
From: Andrew Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/13/2001 21:30:04
>> > (-D because -f is already taken)
>> Certainly looks like a good thing to have :)
>> Does anyone know if there is prior art for the choice of
>> option letter in any other OS?
>FreeBSD seems to use arp -d -a. Don't know if I like that, but it's prior
hmm...good point. but does it have to be "-d -a" or will "-a -d" work
as well? the problem with options *maybe* requiring arguments is a
hairy one. as it stands, the following are all acceptable behaviors:
arp -a -n (whereas solaris insists that the -n be first)
arp -nnnnavvvvv (redundant to the point of absurdity, but works)
arp -nnnnvvvd foo (also redundant)
arp -dnnvvnv bar (sort of strange, but -d does *not* require an arg)
and there's also the undocumented
arp -d foo pro ("pro" is a magic string...something to do with proxy)
arp -d foo prophylactic (only the first three characters are checked)
i guess deleting the host "-a" could also be magic, but would also be
"strange" (see above) since "arp -a -d" would most definitely not work
as it currently does.
maybe arp should be rototilled.
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