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 with the appropriate
commands for corresponding address families.
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
If the transmit checksum offload capability flag is enabled on a loopback
interface, checksums will not be generated by IP, UDP, or TCP for packets
sent on the interface.
If the receive checksum offload capability flag is enabled on a loopback
interface, checksums will not be validated by IP, UDP, or TCP for packets
received on the interface.
By default, both receive and transmit checksum flags will be enabled, in
order to avoid the overhead of checksumming for local communication where
data corruption is unlikely.
If transmit checksum generation is disabled, then validation should also be
disabled in order to avoid packets being dropped due to invalid checksums.