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Bug#562122: netcfg: Improve preseeding of network device to use

Package: netcfg
Version: 1.51
Severity: wishlist

I've just sat through many installs on ThinkPad T41, T43 vintage laptops, using PXE, wired Ethernet, and a preseeded installation.

I've preseeded netcfg/choose_interface to "auto", to try and avoid the
netcfg/choose_interface question being asked. What I suspect is the problem, is the wireless interface is showing "link" so the question still gets asked.

My thoughts on how to extend this functionality was:

allow preseeding the interface to use based on:

1) vendor component of the MAC
3) some substring of the interface description

because preseeding the specific interface by name is a non-starter, due to the
way Linux can't consistently enumerate the interfaces.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0.3
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-2-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_AU.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_AU.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

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