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What's the meaning of `unit 0` and `family inet`?

With the above question, I learned the meaning of unit 0 and inet.

So what does ethernet-switching mean?

root@test> show configuration
...
...
interfaces {
    ge-0/0/0 {
        unit 0 {
            family ethernet-switching {
                vlan {
                    members 1500;
                }
            }
        }
    }
}
...
...

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It helps to look at a different kind of Junos interface configuration and compare.

The reason for unit <n> is to allow multiple, logical subinterfaces (IFLs) to exist within a given physical interface (IFD.) (The definition of physical interface has blurred over time.)

The reason for family <f> is to separate configuration statements related to IPv4, IPv6, layer-2 switching/bridging, etc.

interfaces {
    ge-0/0/1 {
        flexible-vlan-tagging;
        unit 10 {
            vlan-id 10;
            family inet {
                address 192.0.2.1/24;
            }
            family inet6 {
                address 2001:db8::1/112;
            }
        }
        unit 11 {
            vlan-id 11;
            ....
        }
    }
}
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  • Just to add a quick comment - It helps to remember that IFD = "Interface Device", that can be a logical or physical. In actuality, it simply comes down to hierarchy. Nov 18, 2020 at 15:25

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