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LO(4) Device Drivers Manual LO(4)

losoftware loopback network interface

pseudo-device loop

The loop interface is a software loopback mechanism which may be used for performance analysis, software testing, and/or local communication.

A loop interface can be created at runtime using the ifconfig loN create command or by setting up a hostname.if(5) configuration file for netstart(8). The lo0 interface will always exist and cannot be destroyed using ifconfig(8).

As with other network interfaces, the loopback interface must have network addresses assigned for each address family with which it is to be used. These addresses may be set or changed with the SIOCSIFADDR ioctl(2). 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 interfaces exist.

lo0: can't handle afX.
The interface was handed a message with addresses formatted in an unsuitable address family; the packet was dropped.

inet(4), inet6(4), netintro(4), hostname.if(5), ifconfig(8), netstart(8)

The lo device appeared in 4.2BSD.

Previous versions of the system enabled the loopback interface automatically, using a non-standard Internet address (127.1). Use of that address is now discouraged; a reserved host address for the local network should be used instead.

June 2, 2013 OpenBSD-6.3