Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 9119
All ppp interfaces reported as ppp0 in ifconfig
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:54 EDT
No matter which ppp device I bring up (ppp0, ppp1, ppp2, etc.), ifconfig
always reports that the device is ppp0. Before Red Hat v6.0 ifconfig would
correctly indicate which device was actually up at the time. Now that
ifconfig always reports ppp0, I cannot tell which device is actually up.
This is essential information. I can find out which device is up by
looking at the pid in /var/run, but I think ifconfig should correctly
indicate which device is actually up, as it does for eth*, etc.
This is normal behavior. Interface names (as output by ifconfig) are always
numbered sequentially starting at zero. Your interface comes up as ppp0 because
it is the first ppp interface that is up on the system. The device name set in
the related ifcfg-pppX file is only used to determine which copy of ppp-watch to
kill in order to bring the interface down.