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Re: [Ipw2100-devel] debian, ipw2200 and wlan0

On Monday 07 February 2005 16:17, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> ma, 2005-02-07 kello 16:50 +0100, Mike Hommey kirjoitti:
> > Debian is a distribution which tries to provide good software, implying
> > changes if necessary.
> I completely agree with this. If changing a program makes it better,
> Debian should do it even if upstream doesn't. Such changes should be
> justified, of course; preferably explicitly.
> > Wireless interfaces should be called wlan%d, not eth%d
> Why is this important? Why does the name of a network interface matter?
> All the tools in Debian that can deal with network interfaces are
> neutral about the name and the name isn't particularly significant to
> users either. If one is worried about which interface name corresponds
> to which physical device, guessing from the name is not a good way.
> Using ifconfig or iwconfig or other tools to do it is a better way.

ifrename can of course be used to rename an interface, and it is also
worth noting that MadWifi uses ath%d, and the RealTech driver uses
ra%d.  Obviously neither of these are bland as eth0 (which maybe 
implies wired), but wlan%d is by no means a standard.


> (I'm not saying that using wlan%d is bad or wrong, I am asking for
> justifications for that name over eth%d.)

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