Subject: Re: dhcpd(8) _cannot_ be completely disabled on an interface
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Andrew Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/11/2002 18:28:22
>>> What you're supposed to have in addition to the index is a way to
>>> use it to query for all the other state associated with the
>>> interface. Then the index can become the canonical way for software
>>> to refer to an interface, leaving the pretty ascii name for humans
>>> to use.
>> well...if there was a kernel interface that could make use of said
>> numbers...that'd be cool. as it is, they're not much good to me. i
>> used it in the kernel once, though. there it was good.
>This perhaps has something to do with your attempts to manipulate ARP
>entries failing; looking at the code for the program that deals with
>them, I find that when creating ARP entries, I use if_index values to
>name interfaces there.
i just looked at an pulled out the code that pppd uses to install
proxy arp entries. it doesn't use if_index numbers in any way that's
>I don't know offhand of any other interface that uses index values to
>name interfaces. My code never goes the other way; it looks up the
>index values for the interfaces it cares about, but never has occasion
>to map from index values to the interface in any other sense.
i was just thinking it might be useful. somewhere. kinda like the
way fhopen(3) is useful somewhere.
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