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Date:      Mon, 26 Nov 2001 09:13:41 -0600 (CST)
From:      mark tinguely <tinguely@web.cs.ndsu.nodak.edu>
To:        joost@bps.jodocus.org, tedm@toybox.placo.com
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG, puga@mauibuilt.com
Subject:   RE: IPFW/VLAN
Message-ID:  <200111261513.fAQFDfU18648@web.cs.ndsu.nodak.edu>
In-Reply-To: <000101c17649$90e06600$1401a8c0@tedm.placo.com>

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> 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
also.

--mark tinguely.

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