ARP(4)                    BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual                    ARP(4)

     arp — Address Resolution Protocol

     device ether

     The Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) is used to dynamically map between
     Protocol Addresses (such as IP addresses) and Local Network Addresses (such
     as Ethernet addresses).  This implementation maps IP addresses to Ethernet,
     ARCnet, or Token Ring addresses.  It is used by all the Ethernet interface

     ARP caches Internet-Ethernet address mappings.  When an interface requests
     a mapping for an address not in the cache, ARP queues the message which
     requires the mapping and broadcasts a message on the associated network
     requesting the address mapping.  If a response is provided, the new mapping
     is cached and any pending message is transmitted.  ARP will queue at most
     one packet while waiting for a response to a mapping request; only the most
     recently ``transmitted'' packet is kept.  If the target host does not
     respond after several requests, the host is considered to be down allowing
     an error to be returned to transmission attempts.  Further demand for this
     mapping causes ARP request retransmissions, that are ratelimited to one
     packet per second.  The error is EHOSTDOWN for a non-responding destination
     host, and EHOSTUNREACH for a non-responding router.

     The ARP cache is stored in the system routing table as dynamically-created
     host routes.  The route to a directly-attached Ethernet network is
     installed as a “cloning” route (one with the RTF_CLONING flag set), causing
     routes to individual hosts on that network to be created on demand.  These
     routes time out periodically (normally 20 minutes after validated; entries
     are not validated when not in use).

     ARP entries may be added, deleted or changed with the arp(8) utility.
     Manually-added entries may be temporary or permanent, and may be
     “published”, in which case the system will respond to ARP requests for that
     host as if it were the target of the request.

     In the past, ARP was used to negotiate the use of a trailer encapsulation.
     This is no longer supported.

     ARP watches passively for hosts impersonating the local host (i.e., a host
     which responds to an ARP mapping request for the local host's address).

     Proxy ARP is a feature whereby the local host will respond to requests for
     addresses other than itself, with its own address.  Normally, proxy ARP in
     FreeBSD is set up on a host-by-host basis using the arp(8) utility, by
     adding an entry for each host inside a given subnet for which proxying of
     ARP requests is desired.  However, the “proxy all” feature causes the local
     host to act as a proxy for all hosts reachable through some other network
     interface, different from the one the request came in from.  It may be
     enabled by setting the sysctl(8) MIB variable
     to 1.

MIB Variables
     The ARP protocol implements a number of configurable variables in branch of the sysctl(3) MIB.

     allow_multicast           Install ARP entries with the multicast bit set in
                               the hardware address.  Installing such entries is
                               an RFC 1812 violation, but some proprietary load
                               balancing techniques require routers to do so.
                               Turned off by default.

     garp_rexmit_count         Retransmit gratuitous ARP (GARP) packets when an
                               IPv4 address is added to an interface.  A GARP is
                               always transmitted when an IPv4 address is added
                               to an interface.  A non-zero value causes the
                               GARP packet to be retransmitted the stated number
                               of times.  The interval between retransmissions
                               is doubled each time, so the retransmission
                               intervals are: {1, 2, 4, 8, 16, ...} (seconds).
                               The default value of zero means only the initial
                               GARP is sent; no additional GARP packets are
                               retransmitted.  The maximum value is sixteen.

                               The default behavior of a single GARP packet is
                               usually sufficient.  However, a single GARP might
                               be dropped or lost in some circumstances.  This
                               is particularly harmful when a shared address is
                               passed between cluster nodes.  Neighbors on the
                               network link might then work with a stale ARP
                               cache and send packets destined for that address
                               to the node that previously owned the address,
                               which might not respond.

     log_arp_movements         Log movements of IP addresses from one hardware
                               address to another.  See DIAGNOSTICS below.
                               Turned on by default.

     log_arp_permanent_modify  Log attempts by a remote host to modify a
                               permanent ARP entry.  See DIAGNOSTICS below.
                               Turned on by default.

     log_arp_wrong_iface       Log attempts to insert an ARP entry on an
                               interface when the IP network to which the
                               address belongs is connected to another
                               interface.  See DIAGNOSTICS below.  Turned on by

     max_log_per_second        Limit the number of remotely triggered logging
                               events to a configured value per second.  Default
                               is 1 log message per second.

     max_age                   How long an ARP entry is held in the cache until
                               it needs to be refreshed.  Default is 1200

     maxhold                   How many packets to hold in the per-entry output
                               queue while the entry is being resolved.  Default
                               is one packet.

     maxtries                  Number of retransmits before a host is considered
                               down and an error is returned.  Default is 5

     proxyall                  Enables ARP proxying.  Turned off by default.

     wait                      Lifetime of an incomplete ARP entry.  Default is
                               20 seconds.

     arp: %x:%x:%x:%x:%x:%x is using my IP address %d.%d.%d.%d on %s!  ARP has
     discovered another host on the local network which responds to mapping
     requests for its own Internet address with a different Ethernet address,
     generally indicating that two hosts are attempting to use the same Internet

     arp: link address is broadcast for IP address %d.%d.%d.%d!  ARP requested
     information for a host, and received an answer indicating that the host's
     ethernet address is the ethernet broadcast address.  This indicates a
     misconfigured or broken device.

     arp: %d.%d.%d.%d moved from %x:%x:%x:%x:%x:%x to %x:%x:%x:%x:%x:%x on %s
     ARP had a cached value for the ethernet address of the referenced host, but
     received a reply indicating that the host is at a new address.  This can
     happen normally when host hardware addresses change, or when a mobile node
     arrives or leaves the local subnet.  It can also indicate a problem with
     proxy ARP.  This message can only be issued if the sysctl is set to 1, which is the system's
     default behaviour.

     arpresolve: can't allocate llinfo for %d.%d.%d.%d  The route for the
     referenced host points to a device upon which ARP is required, but ARP was
     unable to allocate a routing table entry in which to store the host's MAC
     address.  This usually points to a misconfigured routing table.  It can
     also occur if the kernel cannot allocate memory.

     arp: %d.%d.%d.%d is on if0 but got reply from %x:%x:%x:%x:%x:%x on if1
     Physical connections exist to the same logical IP network on both if0 and
     if1.  It can also occur if an entry already exists in the ARP cache for the
     IP address above, and the cable has been disconnected from if0, then
     reconnected to if1.  This message can only be issued if the sysctl is set to 1, which is the system's
     default behaviour.

     arp: %x:%x:%x:%x:%x:%x attempts to modify permanent entry for %d.%d.%d.%d
     on %s  ARP has received an ARP reply that attempts to overwrite a permanent
     entry in the local ARP table.  This error will only be logged if the sysctl is set to 1, which is the
     system's default behaviour.

     arp: %x:%x:%x:%x:%x:%x is multicast  Kernel refused to install an entry
     with multicast hardware address.  If you really want such addresses being
     installed, set the sysctl to a positive

     inet(4), route(4), arp(8), ifconfig(8), route(8), sysctl(8)

     Plummer, D., “RFC826”, An Ethernet Address Resolution Protocol.

     Leffler, S.J.  and Karels, M.J., “RFC893”, Trailer Encapsulations.

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