Re: Subtleties of the netmask (inet_ifa_match)

From: Joshua M. Thompson (
Date: Fri Jul 27 2001 - 16:27:34 EST

On Fri, 27 Jul 2001 wrote:

> Hello!
> > Can an IP address be on every subnet (i.e. is prefix 0 on every
> > subnet)?
> Of course. Why not? This means that is address of this
> interface and all the rest of internet is attached to this interface directly.

Which is actually used by some routing hardware. Ascend Pipelines have a
mode ("Proxy Mode=Always") in which the router answers any ARP request for
off-net IPs with its own MAC address. The idea then is to configure all
your machines to assume the entire Internet is on your local subnet and
the router will pick up the packets destined for the outside world
automatically. Kinda silly really but it does happen.

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