[Python-Dev] PEP 3144: IP Address Manipulation Library for the Python Standard Library

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Wed Aug 19 22:45:23 CEST 2009

> No, I just said its conventionally used as that but its not definition
> of a broadcast (in fact you can have any valid host address defined
> as broadcast as long as all members of the network agree on that)

You could, but then you are violating existing protocol specifications.

RFC 1122 mandates, in sections and 3.3.6, that certain addresses
MUST be understood as broadcast addresses, by all nodes (independent of

I think a Python IP address library should conform to all relevant RFCs.

> Since you dont want to call the attribute ususally_the_broadcast_address
> or something, other names which tell you about the data would seem more
> appropriate (like greatest)

No. I think setting the broadcast address to something else just does
not need to be supported.


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