Subject: Re: Implementing interface media type autodetection?
To: Chris G Demetriou <Chris_G_Demetriou@ux2.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 06/09/1996 12:16:13
[ On Sat, June 8, 1996 at 20:00:07 (-0400), Chris G. Demetriou wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Implementing interface media type autodetection?
> I think that a better option would be similar to what Matt Thomas (i
> think it was him, anyway 8-) suggested, i.e. move the media type
> completely out of the 'link' flags.
Ah, yes, that was the other discussion!
> Translated into 'ifconfig', that could be:
> ifconfig if0 media auto
> ifconfig if0
> (ifconfig could print out the media type when displaying info for the
This is indeed much more self explanitory!
> Drivers which do autodetect could do it and set the appropriate value
> at startup, and could be 'kicked' into doing it again later.
And this is the critical part....
> Use of the link flags for media type is ... unintuitive at best.
> If you're going to suggest adding an ioctl and go to the trouble of
> implementing that, I think that doing general media types in the way
> outlined above is a much better use of effort.
I'll vote in favour, but unfortunately won't be able to help make it so
other than in testing....
Greg A. Woods
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