Re: ethtool documentation

From: Chris Friesen (
Date: Tue Aug 06 2002 - 14:40:01 EST

"Richard B. Johnson" wrote:

> Because of this, there is no such thing as 'unused eeprom space' in
> the Ethernet Controllers. Be careful about putting this weapon in
> the hands of the 'public'. All you need is for one Linux Machine
> on a LAN to end up with the same IEEE Station Address as another
> on that LAN and connectivity to everything on that segment will
> stop. You do this once at an important site and Linux will get a
> very black eye.

Can't we already tell cards (some of them anyway) what MAC address to use when
sending packets? This doesn't overwrite the EEPROM, but it does last for that


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