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Re: SIOCADDMULTI for unicast broken

To: jamal <hadi@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: SIOCADDMULTI for unicast broken
From: Donald Becker <becker@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 19:07:11 -0500 (EST)
Cc: Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@xxxxxxxxx>, <netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
In-reply-to: <20030103164001.S48623@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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On Fri, 3 Jan 2003, jamal wrote:

> Subject: SIOCADDMULTI for unicast broken
> Some programs require ability to accept packets destined to certain
> MAC addresses (in addition to their own).
> Example Jerome Ettienes vrrpd (
> The trick is to add unicast addresses via SIOCADDMULTI and accept those
> packets when they make their way up the stack.
> I think this used to work, no? Donald, any history/comments behind
> this?

This is a very specialized requirement, so specialized that it should
not be added as general-purpose requirement for drivers or the network

This capability was supported as a special case for the Tulip driver,
and then only for the real 21*4* chips that had the hardware CAM capable
of matching up to 16 destination addresses.

A few other chips support matching unicast addresses with the multicast
filter, but there is the general problem of false-accepts and
chip-specific quirks that must be dealt with.

Once again: this is a very specialized thing.  Of the few people that
think they need the capability, most are wrong.

Donald Becker                           becker@xxxxxxxxx
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