Bug 56207 - NEAT uses hard links for config files
NEAT uses hard links for config files
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-config-network (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Harald Hoyer
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Reported: 2001-11-13 16:29 EST by Bernd Bartmann
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-11-14 11:44:39 EST
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Description Bernd Bartmann 2001-11-13 16:29:39 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.78 [de] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.9-13 i686)

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.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Look in /etc/sysconfig/networking/devices,
/etc/sysconfig/networking/profiles/default and
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts for ifcfg-eth0.
2. Its not easy to see that these files are exactly the same (done by hard

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Comment 1 Phil Knirsch 2001-11-14 11:48:50 EST
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
Comment 2 Bernd Bartmann 2001-11-14 12:18:37 EST
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/*).

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