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SubjectRe: [RFC-2] Configuring Synchronous Interfaces in Linux
> 
> I have a vested interest in how this all turns out. I own a Packet Over SONET
> device driver for our OC-12 and OC-48 NICs that I currently pass all parameters
> to the driver via arguments on the insmod. To avoid lengthy commands, we
> provide the common defaults. We accept some basic ifconfig input, but with
> SONET/SDH and chip specific items that needed to be controlled, ifconfig did not
> seem the way to go.

Ditto, we have an adsl driver that we setup by overloading various otherwise
unused options in ifconfig (mem_start, io_addr etc) to do this. Cheaper and
faster than writing yet another ioctl using device configuration agent, but
distasteful non the less.

Some generic way to pass configuration data using a generic configuration
agent to network (and other) drivers would be interesting.

> > > I'm willing to go for this implementation, but I wanted to know first:
> > > - whether ifconfig is the right place to do it;
> > > - where I should create the new ioctl's to handle these new parameters.
> >
> > I think a new ioctl would be sensible. There is a lot to go in it.

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