Subject: Re: setting ethernet interface hardware address?
To: Nick Amato <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Kevin Lahey <email@example.com>
Date: 10/17/2001 10:47:44
In message <20011016224717.T9115@wooj.nexthop.com>Nick Amato writes
>It's also worth noting that allowing configuration of MAC address
>"aliases", where supported by the hardware, would be a nice feature.
>This makes implementing something like VRRP (RFC 2338) much easier.
It sure would be nice to have hardware that supported multiple MAC
addresses. I wound up doing a really ugly set of hacks in software to
get multiple MAC addresses for a high availability embedded system.
I remember that the reasonably modern (?) version of the Lance that
we were using (that was spec'ed long before I had anything to do with
the project, not my fault) would allow multiple multicast addresses, but
wouldn't allow multiple unicast addresses. I thought that when I
complained bitterly about that, my NetBSD pals laughed and suggested
that most of the NICs were like that.
I agree, it'd be fun to have in there, although, IIRC, there were
some complexities in trying to do things like assign addresses to
particular MAC addresses. I wound up creating multiple virtual
interfaces to handle this, and that rapidly got ugly.