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CONFIG_IPX: The IPX protocol

General informations

The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_IPX has multiple definitions:

The IPX protocol found in net/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_IPX:

Help text

This is support for the Novell networking protocol, IPX, commonly used for local networks of Windows machines. You need it if you want to access Novell NetWare file or print servers using the Linux Novell client ncpfs (available from <ftp://platan.vc.cvut.cz/pub/linux/ncpfs/>) or from within the Linux DOS emulator DOSEMU (read the DOSEMU-HOWTO, available from http://www.tldp.org/docs.html#howto). In order to do the former, you'll also have to say Y to "NCP file system support", below.

IPX is similar in scope to IP, while SPX, which runs on top of IPX, is similar to TCP. There is also experimental support for SPX in Linux (see "SPX networking", below).

To turn your Linux box into a fully featured NetWare file server and IPX router, say Y here and fetch either lwared from <ftp://ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/system/network/daemons/> or mars_nwe from <ftp://www.compu-art.de/mars_nwe/>. For more information, read the IPX-HOWTO available from http://www.tldp.org/docs.html#howto.

General information about how to connect Linux, Windows machines and Macs is on the WWW at http://www.eats.com/linux_mac_win.html.

The IPX driver would enlarge your kernel by about 16 KB. To compile this driver as a module, choose M here: the module will be called ipx. Unless you want to integrate your Linux box with a local Novell network, say N.

The IPX protocol found in net/ipx/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_IPX:

Help text

This is support for the Novell networking protocol, IPX, commonly used for local networks of Windows machines. You need it if you want to access Novell NetWare file or print servers using the Linux Novell client ncpfs (available from <ftp://platan.vc.cvut.cz/pub/linux/ncpfs/>) or from within the Linux DOS emulator DOSEMU (read the DOSEMU-HOWTO, available from http://www.tldp.org/docs.html#howto). In order to do the former, you'll also have to say Y to "NCP file system support", below.

IPX is similar in scope to IP, while SPX, which runs on top of IPX, is similar to TCP.

To turn your Linux box into a fully featured NetWare file server and IPX router, say Y here and fetch either lwared from <ftp://ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/system/network/daemons/> or mars_nwe from <ftp://www.compu-art.de/mars_nwe/>. For more information, read the IPX-HOWTO available from http://www.tldp.org/docs.html#howto.

The IPX driver would enlarge your kernel by about 16 KB. To compile this driver as a module, choose M here: the module will be called ipx. Unless you want to integrate your Linux box with a local Novell network, say N.

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