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Octal (leading zero) in IP address?

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The Question is:

Bug report, is Compaq aware of this problem with TCP/IP Services V5.0a?
We've worked around it, but thought you should know...
We use a program to produce a script of TCP/IP commands for setting and
maintaining our box's config.  The program's parser zero-fills all octets in
 any TCP/IP address so they are a fixed length .  For example, address gets scripted as
However, TCP/IP incorrectly evaluates such zero filled addresses.   In this
 example, attempts to set address gets stored in the TCPIP
 database as
TCPIP> show ver
  DIGITAL TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Alpha Version V5.0A
  on a AlphaStation 200 4/166 running OpenVMS V7.1
TCPIP> set inter we0/host=
TCPIP> show inter we0
Interface   IP_Addr         Network mask          Receive          Send     MTU
 WE0            (... etc)

The Answer is :

  The behaviour reported here is fully expected, and is common
  across various BSD-style IP stacks.
  Please do not use leading zeros in the IP address, unless you
  intend to specify that the portion of the IP address involved
  is in octal.  A similar caveat with leading 0x specifications,
  as these will be interpreted as hexadecimal notation.

answer written or last revised on ( 22-MAY-2001 )

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