name resolution

asked 2017-11-27 12:46:38 +0000

section 7.9.2. Ethernet name resolution (MAC layer) gives the following order: IP address, ethers file entry, manuf file entry.

Assume: View/Name Resolution/Resolve Physical Addresses is selected.

My question is, if the user provides the ethers, which can be built with mac address to a common name (as shown in the example), why would they even want mostly ip addresses? Another way to ask this question is why isn't the resolution order: ethers file entry, IP address, manuf file entry? If the user doesn't provide an ethers file, then they get ip addresses, mostly, and manuf file entries for packets like ARP. If they go to the trouble to provide the ethers file, then they get their common name unless their is no matching MAC, then IP address or manuf file entry? Isn't this more user friendly and useful?

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