Subject: Re: manually setting MAC address
To: David Laight <>
From: Johnny Billquist <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 08/15/2002 11:13:41
On Mon, 29 Jul 2002, David Laight wrote:

> > 
> > What is it you are after?  Why would you need to change MAC addresses?
> > (the ONLY time I've ever needed it was with an HA/Failover situation).
> In order to run decnet???
> Requires locally administered addresses.  IIRC top 14 bits (after
> multicast/unicast and locally/globally administerd) are the network
> and bottom 32 the machine number.

DECnet addresses are only 16 bits. 6 bit area number, and 10 bit host
number, all coded in the low 16 bits of the MAC address.

Linux have a (semi-)functional DECnet nowadays. Is anyone thinking about
getting DECnet on NetBSD?


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