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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for arp (redhat section 8)

ARP(8)				    Linux Programmer's Manual				   ARP(8)

       arp - manipulate the system ARP cache

       arp [-evn] [-H type] [-i if] -a [hostname]

       arp [-v] [-i if] -d hostname [pub]

       arp [-v] [-H type] [-i if] -s hostname hw_addr [temp]

       arp [-v] [-H type] [-i if] -s hostname hw_addr [netmask nm] pub

       arp [-v] [-H type] [-i if] -Ds hostname ifa [netmask nm] pub

       arp [-vnD] [-H type] [-i if] -f [filename]

       Arp  manipulates the kernel's ARP cache in various ways.  The primary options are clearing
       an address mapping entry and manually setting up one.  For  debugging  purposes,  the  arp
       program also allows a complete dump of the ARP cache.

       -v, --verbose
	      Tell the user what is going on by being verbose.

       -n, --numeric
	      shows  numerical	addresses  instead  of trying to determine symbolic host, port or
	      user names.

       -H type, --hw-type type, -t type
	      When setting or reading the ARP cache, this  optional  parameter	tells  arp  which
	      class of entries it should check for.  The default value of this parameter is ether
	      (i.e. hardware code 0x01 for IEEE  802.3	10Mbps	Ethernet).   Other  values  might
	      include  network	technologies  such  as	ARCnet (arcnet) , PROnet (pronet) , AX.25
	      (ax25) and NET/ROM (netrom).

       -a [hostname], --display [hostname]
	      Shows the entries of the specified hosts.  If the hostname parameter is  not  used,
	      all  entries  will  be displayed.  The entries will be displayed in alternate (BSD)

       -d hostname, --delete hostname
	      Remove any entry for the specified host.	This can be used if the indicated host is
	      brought down, for example.

       -D, --use-device
	      Use the interface ifa's hardware address.

       -e     Shows the entries in default (Linux) style.

       -i If, --device If
	      Select an interface. When dumping the ARP cache only entries matching the specified
	      interface will be printed. When setting a permanent or temp ARP entry  this  inter-
	      face will be associated with the entry; if this option is not used, the kernel will
	      guess based on the routing table. For pub entries the specified  interface  is  the
	      interface on which ARP requests will be answered.
	      NOTE: This has to be different from the interface to which the IP datagrams will be

       -s hostname hw_addr, --set hostname
	      Manually create an ARP address  mapping  entry  for  host  hostname  with  hardware
	      address  set  to	hw_addr class, but for most classes one can assume that the usual
	      presentation can be used.  For the Ethernet class, this is 6 bytes in  hexadecimal,
	      separated  by colons. When adding proxy arp entries (that is those with the publish
	      flag set a netmask may be specified to proxy arp for entire subnets.  This  is  not
	      good  practice,  but is supported by older kernels because it can be useful. If the
	      temp flag is not supplied entries will be permanent stored into the ARP cache.
	      NOTE: As of kernel 2.2.0 it is no longer possible to set an ARP entry for an entire
	      subnet.  Linux  instead does automagic proxy arp when a route exists and it is for-
	      warding. See arp(7) for details.

       -f filename, --file filename
	      Similar to the -s option, only this time the address info is taken from file  file-
	      name  set up.  The name of the data file is very often /etc/ethers, but this is not
	      official. If no filename is specified /etc/ethers is used as default.

	      The format of the file is simple; it only contains ASCII text lines  with  a  host-
	      name,  and  a  hardware address separated by whitespace. Additionally the pub, temp
	      and netmask flags can be used.

       In all places where a hostname is expected, one can also enter an IP  address  in  dotted-
       decimal notation.

       As a special case for compatibility the order of the hostname and the hardware address can
       be exchanged.

       Each complete entry in the ARP cache will be marked with the C flag. Permanent entries are
       marked with M and published entries have the P flag.


       rarp(8), route(8), ifconfig(8), netstat(8)

       Fred N. van Kempen, <waltje@uwalt.nl.mugnet.org> with a lot of improvements from net-tools
       Maintainer Bernd Eckenfels <net-tools@lina.inka.de>.

net-tools				    5 Jan 1999					   ARP(8)

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