svn commit: r196550 - in head: etc/defaults etc/rc.d share/man/man5

Pawel Jakub Dawidek pjd at
Thu Aug 27 13:55:32 UTC 2009

On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:42:24PM -0700, Doug Barton wrote:
> Pawel Jakub Dawidek wrote:
> > I put '/usr/sbin/arp -f /etc/arp.conf' into /etc/rc.local on almost all
> > of my servers, which is very handy, indeed. And with your patch proposed
> > in another e-mail to be able to remove entries defined in a file seems
> > to be a complete solution. I'd also like to see support for it.
> What would the relative value be of adding support for files vs. using
> the method that Xin already created? I understand that you will have a
> one-time cost of migrating your conf file to Xin's format ....

I don't think I'm the only one. -f option for arp(8) is available for
some time now (if not from day 1) and while being quite handy it is
possible that someone out there is using it as well.

I think that keeping MAC/IP pairs in file is less error-prone and more
elegant, especially if you have a lot of such entires.

But giving multiple tools to accomplish the same thing might confuse our
users, so its probably not worth it. The proposed solution is good enough.

Pawel Jakub Dawidek             
pjd at                 
FreeBSD committer                         Am I Evil? Yes, I Am!
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