Re: persistent interface
> My problem has to do with the network interfaces. My
> /etc/network/interfaces file looks like this:
> # The loopback interface
> # automatically added when upgrading
> auto lo
> iface lo inet loopback
> # For the built-in NIC:
> iface eth0 inet dhcp
> # For the wireless card
> iface eth1 inet dhcp
> mapping hotplug
> script echo
It looks as if you are under the impression that "mapping" is an
option for "iface eth1 inet dhcp". Actually it should be a
separate stanza. Here is your file reformatted to show the
effective structure better:
# Physical interfaces to bring up at boot time
# Bring up hot plugged interfaces with logical interface name
# the same as their physical interface name
# Logical interface lo
# The logical interface as which the loopback interface is brought up
iface lo inet loopback
# Logical interface eth0
# The logical interface as which the built-in NIC eth0 is brought up
iface eth0 inet dhcp
# Logical interface eth1
# The logical interface as which the Wi-Fi card is brought up
iface eth1 inet dhcp
> I think that this should bring up only the loopback interface at
Strictly speaking, this means that only the loopback interface "lo"
is brought up by /etc/rcS.d/S40networking.
Other interfaces can be brought up while the system is booting
via the hotplug mechanism. Your stanza
enables this mechanism.
> Eth1 (pcmcia wireless card) should be brought up when the
> hotplug system detects an insertion, and eth0 (associated with the
> built-in NIC) should be brought up only when ifup is executed.
> And indeed when I do:
> /etc/init.d/networking stop
> /etc/init.d/networking start
> after the boot process, this is exactly what happens.
> The problem, though, is that at boot-time, the system always tries to
> bring up eth0 (which corresponds to the built-in NIC).
The kernel detects the interface and calls hotplug to notify user space
that the interface is available.
> suggests that the attempt to bring up eth0 is triggered by loading of
> the driver module (8139too), and indeed lsmod reports that this module
> is loaded by the end of the boot process.
> What I *cannot* for the life of me figure out is why this is
> happening. I've been all through the directory /etc/modprobe.d/ and
> there's no reference there to either 8139too or eth0. I've run
> update-modules to make sure that there was no ancient module
> configuration haunting the system. There is no reference to either
> 8139too or to eth0 in /lib/modules/modprobe.conf.
> Can anyone tell me where else I could look to pin this down and figure
> out why it is happening?
I don't know who is loading the module, sorry.
However, you can prevent eth0 from being ifup'ped via the hotplug
mechanism by changing the mapping stanza to this:
Then only eth1 will be brought up on hotplug.
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