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Re: Can a particular network card be permenantly bound to an eth'x'number?

On Friday 07 January 2005 01:31 pm, Jim McCloskey wrote:
> rich <stantonrj@cf.ac.uk> wrote:
> |> I have several network cards in my laptop - wired lan, wireless
> |> lan, loopback & firewire.  After a recent update (I'm running
> |> testing) my interface numbers all jumped around so that instead of
> |> the wired lan being eth0, it's now eth1 & the firewire is eth0. 
> |> What defines what eth'x' number is given to which network device? 
> |> It's a pain having to change configuration each time they move
> |> numbers (as also happens depending on whether I boot with my
> |> wireless cardbus in the slot or not)!
> This is just what the ifrename package is for (part of wireless-tools
> but it's a separate package in Debian).
> It assigns a user-defined interface-name permanently on the basis of
> certain static criteria, usually the device's MAC address.
> I use it on my laptop to ensure that the built-in ethernet adapter
> is always `nic', one wireless card is always `wlan1', and the second
> wireless card is always `wlan2'.
> It's easy to set this up, but if you want a really good detailed
> account of this and related issues, try:
>    http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/HOTPLUG.txt
> Jim

Yes ...but, what is up with giving , or trying, as is the default with 
Sarge, to give an network interface to firewire ? Until I added the 
IPW2100 Centrino driver  the firewire driver was always loaded, which 
prevents the onboard ethernet & PCMCIA from configuring correctly. I 
would think that firewire would be the 'last' choice to configure as an 
interface, I have never even seen a firewire nic, but thats just me.

Thanks for the link though :)
Greg C. Madden

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