Joseph Noonan wrote:
On Thu, 20 Feb 2003 at 7:20pm Bill Moran wrote:

Perhaps some output form 'netstat -rn' and 'ifconfig' might
provoke some more useful answers.
Well the problem is solved, but I am not happy about the solution
as it makes absolutely no sense to me.

        inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
        inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
        ether 00:04:75:b0:24:12
        media: Ethernet autoselect (100baseTX <full-duplex>)
        status: active

The above was the ifconfig when I had the problem.  Notice the
broadcast addresses.  The commands that brought up the interface
at boot are:

/sbin/ifconfig xl0 netmask
/sbin/ifconfig xl0 alias netmask

(note that the netmask really is not required as those IP's are
from traditional class C, but I like to always be specific so I
don't forget one when I'm working in 'A' or 'B' space.)

So those commands give two different kinds of broadcast addresses
and to my way of thinking, the second one (on the 208...) is
correct.  But if I alias the interface like so:

ifconfig inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
That doesn't look right.  The broadcast address should be
for that IP and for the other one.
Can you try these broadcast addys and see if the problem is fixed there
as well?

The sluggishness on the 208 net goes away.  I don't understand it,
but it works.  I don't like stuff this, it creeps me out.
Can't argue with you.  I don't see how what you did would fix anything.
However, I'm not surprised that ifconfig doesn't guess the right action
all the time.  I wouldn't get upset if you have to specify the broadcast
addy to be sure it's right.

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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