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Date:      Mon, 26 Nov 2001 23:32:38 -0800
From:      "Ted Mittelstaedt" <>
To:        "mark tinguely" <>, <>
Cc:        <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>, <>
Subject:   RE: IPFW/VLAN
Message-ID:  <000001c17715$b0759900$>
In-Reply-To: <>

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>-----Original Message-----
>From: mark tinguely []
>Sent: Monday, November 26, 2001 7:14 AM
>Cc: freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG;
>Subject: RE: IPFW/VLAN
>> In reality, what they are actually doing here is tying ipfw specifically
>> to Ethernet when it comes to treatment of ARP packets.  This
>> is philosophically wrong as a FreeBSD system could theoredically have
>> a broadcast-type interface on it in which ARP had meaning and Ethernet
>> typing didn't.  (for example, if someone wrote an ARCnet driver for it,
>> which is highly unlikely)
>Actually, there are now a couple ARCnet drivers for FreeBSD. The existing
>ARP code in the network stack is ethernet length-centric, but there are
>patches to correct that. Possibly the ipfw code can adapt these changes

Holy cow!  (sounds of picking himself up off the floor)  Next thing you know
someone will write a Token Ring driver for FreeBSD.

Ted Mittelstaedt                             
Author of:                           The FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide
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