This documentation is old. Add a short note to describe why aliases
are no long necessary, and remove the old contact/edit info.
Signed-off-by: Stephen Hemminger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
--- a/Documentation/networking/alias.txt 2009-01-28 08:13:26.103682808 -0800
+++ b/Documentation/networking/alias.txt 2009-01-28 08:18:03.624759404 -0800
@@ -2,13 +2,13 @@
-IP-aliases are additional IP-addresses/masks hooked up to a base
-interface by adding a colon and a string when running ifconfig.
-This string is usually numeric, but this is not a must.
-IP-Aliases are avail if CONFIG_INET (`standard' IPv4 networking)
-is configured in the kernel.
+IP-aliases are an obsolete way to manage multiple IP-addresses/masks
+per interface. Newer tools such as iproute2 support multiple
+address/prefixes per interface, but aliases are still supported
+for backwards compatibility.
+An alias is formed by adding a colon and a string when running ifconfig.
+This string is usually numeric, but this is not a must.
o Alias creation.
Alias creation is done by 'magic' interface naming: eg. to create a
@@ -38,16 +38,3 @@ o Relationship with main device
If the base device is shut down the added aliases will be deleted
-Please finger or e-mail me:
- Juan Jose Ciarlante <email@example.com>
-Updated by Erik Schoenfelder <schoenfr@gaertner.DE>
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