strange ifconfig error message

Jim Suto jim at
Tue Jun 4 15:35:11 EDT 2002

Can anyone explain why this happens:

[root at reddy root]# ifconfig eth0:1
SIOCSIFNETMASK: Cannot assign requested address
[root at reddy root]# ifconfig eth0:1
[root at reddy root]#

If you notice, the second command is exactly the same as the first
(up-arrow) and the second time it takes and properly assigns the IP address
with no error.  Why not the first time?


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