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Bug#562122: marked as done (netcfg: Improve preseeding of network device to use)

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has caused the Debian Bug report #562122,
regarding netcfg: Improve preseeding of network device to use
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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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Source: netcfg
Source-Version: 1.63

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 05:48:49AM +1100, Matthew Palmer wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 04:24:13PM +0100, Floris Bos wrote:
> > I think that at least selection of the network interface by MAC-address 
> > instead of interface name should be possible.
> > 
> > There is currently a patch pending for Ubuntu:
> >  http://launchpadlibrarian.net/60443113/S31pxedust
> > (belonging to bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/netcfg/+bug/56679 
> > )
> > 
> > Any chance of getting this into Debian as well?
> The feature, yes.  That patch... not so much.

I fixed this in netcfg 1.63 (not using the above patch!) without
realising that this bug report existed.  Closing.

netcfg (1.63) unstable; urgency=low

  * If BOOTIF= is set on the Linux command line, look for an interface with
    that address and use it by default (closes: #615600, LP: #56679).

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 -- Colin Watson <cjwatson@debian.org>  Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:03:01 +0100


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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