interface is a software loopback mechanism which may be
used for performance analysis, software testing, and/or local
As with other network interfaces, the loopback interface must have
network addresses assigned for each address family with which it is to be used.
may be set or changed with the
The loopback interface should be the last interface configured,
as protocols may use the order of configuration as an indication of priority.
The loopback should
be configured first unless no hardware
lo%d: can't handle af%d.
The interface was handed
a message with addresses formatted in an unsuitable address
family; the packet was dropped.
Previous versions of the system enabled the loopback interface
automatically, using a nonstandard Internet address (127.1).
Use of that address is now discouraged; a reserved host address
for the local network should be used instead.