Bug 197162 - 1 Ethernet interface is not named properly on a system with 4 interfaces using the same driver when HWADDR is specified for all of them
Summary: 1 Ethernet interface is not named properly on a system with 4 interfaces usin...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: initscripts
Version: 5
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
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Reported: 2006-06-28 22:27 UTC by Marcus Schwartz
Modified: 2014-03-17 03:00 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2008-05-06 16:03:46 UTC

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Description Marcus Schwartz 2006-06-28 22:27:29 UTC
Description of problem:  I have a system with 2 NICs integrated onto the
motherboard, and a dual-port PCI-X card for a total of 4 interfaces.  The
motherboard's and PCI-X card's Ethernet chipsets are slightly different, but
both use the e1000 driver.  I have specified HWADDR for the 4 interfaces so as
to ensure consistent naming among them (also so that the physical layout on the
back of the server has the same device names in the same positions as other
servers it will sit near).

When I boot, 3 of the interfaces are named properly, but the 4th is named
"dev#####", where "#####" is a random number.  Unlike a previous, similar bug,
the number does not change every time I run ifconfig; it does change when I
reboot, however.  So, for example, I may end up with Ethernet interfaces named
eth0, eth1, eth3, and dev4173.

The system in question is a Dell PowerEdge 1850.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Specify HWADDR lines for each interface in a system as described above.
2.  Examine the output of "ifconfig -a" to see the device names.

Actual results:
One interface is named "dev#####", where ##### is a random number specific to
that boot, rather than the name corresponding to

Expected results:
All interfaces should be named "eth#" corresponding to how they are specified in
the above configuration files.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2006-06-29 05:15:40 UTC
Please try the updates-testing initscripts.

Comment 2 Marcus Schwartz 2006-06-29 16:16:52 UTC
Fixed in 8.31.2-1.

Comment 3 Marcus Schwartz 2006-07-05 16:20:46 UTC
I then added another dual-port e1000 NIC, and the new ports get dev##### names,
although now there are more digits in the ##### part.  For example:  dev1804289383

Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2006-07-05 17:57:54 UTC
Do you have HWADDR=XXXX in the ifcfg files? Are the ifcfg files actually named

Comment 5 Marcus Schwartz 2006-07-05 18:08:15 UTC
No, they're named like so, with HWADDR specified like so (except with real MACs):

# grep HWADDR ifcfg-eth*

Comment 6 Bill Nottingham 2006-07-05 18:10:48 UTC
Hm. Does 8.31.4-1 help at all (it's currently in updates-testing, and does fix
one race.)

Comment 7 Marcus Schwartz 2006-07-05 18:21:10 UTC
Same results with 8.31.4-1.

Comment 8 Marcus Schwartz 2006-07-12 00:26:04 UTC
Same also with 8.31.5-1.

Comment 9 Fabio Olive Leite 2007-02-07 13:20:42 UTC
Do the interfaces that get their names changed to dev* have ONBOOT=yes in the

This probably happens because the dev* interfaces do not get configured on boot
and they have been renamed to free up the names of those interfaces that *do*
get configured on boot. Since there was no other configuration done on them
during boot apart from changing the name to something temporary, they just
stayed with the temporary name.

Comment 10 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 03:11:14 UTC
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Comment 11 Bug Zapper 2008-05-06 16:03:44 UTC
This bug is open for a Fedora version that is no longer maintained and
will not be fixed by Fedora. Therefore we are closing this bug.

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