Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/sys
To: Jonathan Stone <>
From: Matt Thomas <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 12/08/2004 12:58:51
At 12:16 PM 12/8/2004, Jonathan Stone wrote:
>In message <>,
>"Charles M. Hannum" writes:
> >On Wednesday 08 December 2004 04:31, Robert Elz wrote:
> >> Sure, the "primary" loopback interface is special, required, and can't
> >> be deleted or used for other purposes.
> >
> >FWIW, I actually think this is a design defect and should be fixed.  But it
> >has little bearing on the current discussion.
>Don"t be obtuse. Of course it has a bearing. With statically-configured
>kernels, those who care can ensure they get the correct semantics.
>With cloning devices, that's much harder (infeasible in my
>environment).  I don't see _why_ the flaming hurry.

Stop it already.  NetBSD is an expert-friendly operating system.  We give
you tools to do your job.  If you happen to maim yourself while attaining
proficiency, that's the way you learn.  Making lo a cloning interface
allows an user who needs that functionality to easiler get it.  It also
moves NetBSD a little bit forward in not requiring editing a config file
for trivial changes.

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