Mouse <mouse%Rodents-Montreal.ORG@localhost> writes: >>> A bridge is a bridge, virtual or otherwise. >> A bridge doesn't have an IP address, so you are talking about >> something else? Some bridges do have IP addresses for managemment, but it is more like there is a bridge and in the same box there is a host. > Maybe "network interface" is not the right abstraction for bridges to > be instances of, then? (Though, at least in my experience, NetBSD's > "bridge" interfaces are more like switches than bridges.) I am not sure how you draw the line between switch and bridge. I agree that "bridge0" being a "network interface" is not entirely right. I see it as close enough that using config ioctls is sensible and therefore it seems like a software writing optimization, compared to creating a first-class switch type. So perhaps bridges should have some flag that says they are bridges, and most everything else normal should fail on them, except for the special bridge ioctls.
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