I'm trying to understand the syntax of
ifupdown a bit better, and on several sites detailing fairly straightforward static configurations, the example documentation includes a line stating `network 192.168.0.0' -- or something obviously similar. For example,
# The loopback network interface auto lo eth0 iface lo inet loopback # The primary network interface iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.10.33 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 192.168.10.255 network 192.168.10.0 gateway 192.168.10.254 dns-nameservers 192.168.10.254
What exactly does this line do? I can't imagine that it contains anything that the netmask + address doesn't convey about, for example, broadcast addresses. There is much useful documentation about the myriad array of powerful things that one can do with
/etc/network/interfaces available online. Almost all of it details various aspects of networking. Therefore, googling isn't terribly helpful!