To set bind an addy to loopback (any incoming traffic destined for that ip address (in this case, get pushed to lo:

ip addr add broadcast + dev lo

Now when you ping for that host, your loopback will actually be the one responding. For work, I’m actually on a client machine that knows about a server (has it in its routing table) which needs to have this set up in order to respond.

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