Subject: Re: real ARP, anyone?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ignatios Souvatzis <email@example.com>
Date: 10/24/1995 09:00:06
> In <199510231755.SAA00931@theory.cs.uni-bonn.de> , you wrote:
> > Hello,
> > does anyone work on a real ARP implementation? I mean, one which can
> > handle multiple protocols for link level and user protocol?
> ARP is a protocol defined in Internet RFCs for various media.
> It is not, in my view, a general purpose algorithm.
No, it is _defined_ and designed to be generic in rfc826 by Davit C Plummer.
The rfcs for specific media just define the protocol id numbers and address
lengths, which should be inserted. It was a quite ingenious piece of work,
foretelling any possible use.
Btw., the author was an old DECineer: he used symbolic names like
ARP$CODE for the fields of the packet and the variables of his
> > No, FDDI does not count: it seems to masquerade as Ethernet for ARP
> > purposes.
> Of course it does. That's what the RFC for IP over FDDI tells you to do.
Ah, I didn't read that, but so I guessed from the code.
> Even ARP for Token Ring isn't that different from ARP over Ethernet.
> No luck there. IPv6 doesn't use ARP. (it has its way of doing link
> layer address resolution).
So I'm out of luck.