IP addr of "down" NIC still valid?

From: Larry Sendlosky (Larry.Sendlosky@storigen.com)
Date: Wed Jan 29 2003 - 16:07:32 EST

I have 2 NICs:
eth0 is
eth1 is
default route is (via eth0)
Both NICs are "up".
eth0 is the only NIC with cable connected (and working).

If I ping, it works (via loopback).
However, if I do 'ifconfig eth1 down' and then ping, it still works. Is this the correct behavior?

Suppose there is "real" network on the other
side of the default gateway/router and I want to get
to the "real" Isn't "shutting down" the
NIC via ifconfig enough?

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