Hi Ted & listreaders,
Just a note Cees and others --
You will need to install iproute2, as this is not normally installed. I could be wrong. But my slackware distribution never came with that program. I had to install it after 'the_fact'..
Yes, you are right. Bob send me a personal-mail that the command "ip" did not work, so I advised him to install iproute2. In Suse this package is also not installed by default (at least not in 6.4)