Re: [RFC] [PATCH 1/2] Driver to remember ethernet MAC values: maclist

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On Mon, 20 Feb 2006 02:47:35 +0100
Adrian Bunk <[email protected]> wrote:

> > Some Ethernet hardware implementations have no built-in storage for
> > allocated MAC values - an example is the Intel IXP420 chip which has
> > support for Ethernet but no defined way of storing allocated MAC values.
> > With such hardware different board level implementations store the
> > allocated MAC (or MACs) in different ways.  Rather than put board level
> > c
> Silly question:
> Why can't this be implemented in user space using the SIOCSIFHWADDR 
> ioctl?

 Because sometimes you need to have networking available
 well before userspace.

 (netconsole, root over nfs, ...)


 Best regards,

 Alessandro Zummo,
  Tower Technologies - Turin, Italy

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