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Date:	Mon, 04 Feb 2008 15:38:35 +0100
From:	Andi Kleen <>
To:	Matti Aarnio <>
Subject: Re: What were the reasons of having mandatory IP address at AX.25 interfaces ?

Matti Aarnio <> writes:

> .. the original reason was apparently that _ifconfig_ blew up
> when it saw protocols that it didn't understand on network
> interfaces.  Possibly when there was no IP protocol on an
> interface.

It's not only ifconfig, a lot of programs use SIOCGIFCONF
to query ip addresses.

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