Re: Router stops routing after changing MAC Address

From: Stephen Hemminger
Date: Thu Mar 16 2006 - 12:55:51 EST

On Thu, 16 Mar 2006 08:07:43 -0800
Chris Wedgwood <cw@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 13, 2006 at 10:00:41AM -0800, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> > There still is a bug in the 3c59x driver. It doesn't include any
> > code to handle changing the mac address. It will work if you take
> > the device down, change address, then bring it up. But you shouldn't
> > have to do that.
> I sent a patch do to this probably a year or two back and it was
> rejected (by akpm if I recall) because of the argument that you could
> and should take it down, change the MAC and bring it back up.
> Is this no longer a requirement?

No. most drivers allow changes on the fly.
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