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Old 05-09-2011, 09:05 PM   #1
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Virtual IP responds to arpping but not ping

Hi there.

Operating system:
Debian Lenny 5.08 (2.6.26-2-amd64 #1 SMP Tue Jan 25 05:59:43 UTC 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux)

I have a network iface eth0 with 2 virtual IP addresses ( The virtual IP addresses I have setup by simply running:

ifconfig eth0:1 up
This has worked fine for 2 virtual IP's but the third one ( will not respond to ping's though it does respond to arpping's.

There are no firewall iptable rules:
iptables --list
Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target     prot opt source               destination
Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT)
target     prot opt source               destination
Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target     prot opt source               destination

Output of route -n:
Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface   U     0      0        0 eth0       U     0      0        0 eth0         UG    0      0        0 eth0
Output of ip rou ls:
Code: dev eth0  proto kernel  scope link  src dev eth0  proto kernel  scope link  src 
default via dev eth0
Any help would be appreciated.
Old 05-09-2011, 09:18 PM   #2
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Can't help really, but things to consider:
  • is there a limit to the number of virtual IP's you can bind to a real one?
  • is the *.133 address declared somewhere? And is it attached to a hardware interface?
  • is the *.133 address within the network range? (it should, but are you absolutely sure?)
Old 05-09-2011, 10:20 PM   #3
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Thanks Dutch Master:

I don't think there's a limit. I've tried searching to find out. All I came up with is which seems to say that you can have at least 200 or so.

Is the 133 address declared somewhere? I'm sorry I'm not sure what you mean.... I don't believe it is used by any other machine and I haven't declared it in any other of my server config.

133 seems to be in network range as it will respond to an arpping.



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