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http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=route

Route is a utility used to manually manipulate the network routing tables. It normally is not needed, as a system routing table management daemon such as routed(8), should tend to this task.

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BUGS

The first paragraph may have slightly exaggerated routed(8)'s abilities.

Is this really a "bug", or some developer's attempt at humour?

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Do you really have to ask? –  squircle Apr 17 '10 at 21:39
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Yes, that's why I asked. –  Mark Henderson Apr 17 '10 at 21:44
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Reasonable question. Note to documenters: Don't assume everyone will know your inside jokes or innuendos. –  Wesley Apr 17 '10 at 23:26
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FreeBSD is known for it's humorous comments in source code and man pages. It's obviously not readable for everyone :) –  pauska Sep 7 '10 at 6:37
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That 'tune a filesystem' remark is also in the HP-UX man page. –  Grahamux Jul 21 '11 at 23:43

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routed is a RIP daemon, which as any network administrator knows, is not very effective at creating efficient routing tables. It works great for simple environments with only a few routers.

For anything more complicated than that I'd recommend Quagga or Xorp, which both support a variety of routing protocols like OSPF, ISIS (experimental to a degree), BGP and more.

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Ah, I didn't realise that routed was a RIP daemon. Makes sense now. –  Mark Henderson Apr 19 '12 at 2:06

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