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Re: onboard ethernet on Tyan Thunder K8WE (s2895)

David Liontooth wrote:
Sebastian Haase wrote:
Thanks for the replies.
sarge-amd64-2.6.12-netinst.iso did not auto-detect the NICs but after
manually choosing forcedeth it actually worked.
ONLY: that I did get some "timeout" kernel error messages (sorry, forgot the exact text) and it only really worked after I switched the network cable between the two ports back and forth many times !!
Good to hear you got it going, but do upgrade your kernel -- the driver should work without problems.
How can I know which port is eth0 and which eth1  ?
And - if not - can I at least rely on the order staying the same between reboots ?? (I want to connect one port to the internet the other to a local (unroutable) private sub-net...
Yes, you can -- as usual in Linux, there are several ways. Check out http://www.science.uva.nl/research/air/wiki/LogicalInterfaceNames -- the script /share/usr/share/doc/ifupdown/examples/get-mac-address.sh comes with the ifupdown package.

Does that mean that the port assignment COULD potentially change after each reboot !? And I need a special script to adjust
/etc/network/interfaces !?  Hard to believe...

[[ OK - I just started reading the mentioned wiki web page and here is a quote just for documentation purposes:
One of the problems of Linux is that the order of the network interfaces is unpredictable. Between reboots it does stay the same, but it is very well possible that after an upgrade to a new kernel or the addition or replacement of a network card (NIC) that the other of all network interface changes. For example, what used to be eth0 now becomes eth1 or eth2 or visa versa.

Is "forcedeth" the only possible driver ? Just curious ...
Yes -- and it works great!
Thanks, good to know.

Sebastian Haase

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