How to Discriminate Point-toPoint Networks from IP networks
I'd like to know about the fields of objects in NetView/6000.
After certain PTF level for NetView/6000 V2, point-to-point connection
between a pair of routers isn't drawn as IP Network icons, but is
drawn as connection symbol on the "IP Internet" submap.
I'd like to know what fields of objects for IP networks determine
its symbol type.
After looking into the capabilities of icon symbol networks and
connection ones by "ovobjprint", I come to know as follows.
Object Object with Object with
Capabilities Icon Symbols Connection Symbols
isIP True True
isNetwork True True
isConnection False False
TopM Interface Count more than 3 2
NetView for AIX uses either an IP network symbol or a connecting line
to display IP networks. It attempts to always use the connecting line
approach for point-to-point networks. The information it uses to make
the decision is the ifType MIB field of the interface. This field is
an enumeration list, and certain values of it are always treated as
point-to-point. The behaviour is hard-coded - there is no way at
present to control which ifType values will be treated this way.
There is no difference in the object database for the two situations -
the IP network is still an object whether it is displayed as a line or
a circular symbol. The different behaviour is generated by ipmap
when it takes the object and topology information and combines it to
One thing I find useful is to select the point-to-point line with the
right mouse button and then do Edit->Modify/Describe->Symbol. I then
change the option to make the label visible, so you can see what network
the line represents.
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