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SubjectRe: The magical mystical changing ethernet interface order
On 08 May 2003 22:46:26 +0100 Alan Cox <> wrote:

| On Iau, 2003-05-08 at 20:32, Jean Tourrilhes wrote:
| > My belief is that configuration scripts should be specified in
| > term of MAC address (or subset) and not in term of device name. Just
| > like the Pcmcia scripts are doing it.
| > And let's go the extra mile : ifconfig should accept a MAC
| > address as the argument instead of a device name. And in the long
| > term, just get rid of device name from the user view.
| Current Red Hat supports naming interfaces by their mac address. That
| keeps most people happy except some sparc and embedded users who have
| one mac per host not per card (and yes that *is* allowed by the
| 802.x spec)

Yep, found it in IEEE Std 802-2001. It's just not the recommended
method for device address assignment.

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