Re: [PATCH 02/03] net/bridge: add support for EtherIP devices

From: Joerg Roedel
Date: Mon Sep 25 2006 - 04:25:07 EST

On Sat, Sep 23, 2006 at 09:01:12PM -0700, Stephen Hemminger wrote:

> If the device looks like a duck (Ethernet), then why does it need
> a separate ARP type. There are other tools that might work without
> modification if it just fully pretended to be an ether device.

This solves the problem of getting a list of all EtherIP devices. If
they use ARPHRD_ETHER and use an ioctl in the SIOCDEVPRIVATE space is
not a save way (not even if the ioctl uses ethip0, this device could be
owned by another driver if EtherIP is not present).
On the other hand, a new ARP type opens a lot of new problems. A lot of
userspace tools and libraries must be changed. So this solutions is not

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