Re: Difference between dummy and loopback interfaces
John Bradford (email@example.com)
Tue, 10 Dec 2002 10:31:29 +0000 (GMT)
> > I can't think of a condition where a dummy device is useful (other than
> > for simulating a blackhole device which sucks every packet sent to it).
> The dummy device is conventionally used to provide a separate interface
> that can be used to bind the hostname to when there is no real nic in
> the box to bind it to (binding it to loopback being a no no).
Slackware binds the hostname to 127.0.0.1 by default. As pointed out
in comments in the /etc/hosts file, it is technically incorrect, but
it does work, and it's fine on a non-networked machine.
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