Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 56207
NEAT uses hard links for config files
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:01 EDT
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Description of problem:
The new network scripts use:
A config file for a network interface, e.g. ifcfg-eth0 is linked to all 3
above directories. I took me hours to find out that these are hard links.
It would be much better (easier to see) if these links were soft links. I
also could not find any documentation about the new directories and what
they are used for.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Look in /etc/sysconfig/networking/devices,
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts for ifcfg-eth0.
2. Its not easy to see that these files are exactly the same (done by hard
As a lot of the initscripts and programs rely on the fact that these files,
especially the ifcfg-ethX and ifcfg-pppY files are NOT symlinks this is not an
Read ya, Phil
Ok, find soft links are not an option, then please at least document this
behaviour somewhere. And please explain the purpose of the new directory
structure (etc/sysconfig/networking/* and /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/*).