ifconfig alias: File Exists

TM4525 at aol.com TM4525 at aol.com
Sun Oct 24 08:13:38 PDT 2004

In a message dated 10/19/04 3:51:33 PM Eastern Daylight Time, scrappy at hub.org 
>> # ifconfig fxp0 alias
>> ifconfig: ioctl (SIOCAIFADDR): File exists
>> when I know for a fact that it hasn't been configured?
> you should use a netmask of for ipv4 aliases.
>     ifconfig fxp0 alias netmask

>Is that new?  You are right, that fixed it, but didn't think I had to do 
>that before :(
You get it because the guy who maintains ifconfig didn't have the foresight
to realize the "alias" should imply a host mask, and also that the guy who
coded the kernel code didn't think that assuming a host mask was 

Welcome to open source. Love it and live with it.

More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list