Bug 99294 - nameif doesn't allow one to assign names with MAC address
nameif doesn't allow one to assign names with MAC address
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: net-tools (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Phil Knirsch
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2003-07-17 00:36 EDT by Yusuf Goolamabbas
Modified: 2015-03-04 20:12 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-08-19 08:30:21 EDT
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Description Yusuf Goolamabbas 2003-07-17 00:36:39 EDT
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Description of problem:
Hi, I am trying to hardwire my ethernet interfaces names with the use of nameif,
however when I create the appropiate /etc/mactab file for a machine containing 3
Intel EEpro cards
I get the following message

Cannot change name of eth2 to eth0: File Exists

I suspect it may be due to naming conflicts, I think this is better
described here


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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create /etc/mactab
2. Introduce nameif in the networking script
   I used the technique described in Randy Dunlap's mini-howto


Randy's changes were done on a Mandrake 9.0 installation

Actual Results:  Interface names not wired according to mac address

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Possible bug fix described here

Comment 1 Phil Knirsch 2003-08-19 08:30:21 EDT
Fixed in latest initscripts. Now you can use any kind of interface name (e.h.

That should help.

Read ya, Phil
Comment 2 Yusuf Goolamabbas 2003-08-25 03:48:55 EDT
Phil, Any chance that is going to be queued for an errata release

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