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SubjectRe: The magical mystical changing ethernet interface order
	Hello Ray & All ,  While that RedHat/Debian/... have figured
these out is really nice . NOT one of those methods appears to be
available for hand built distros . Ie: there does not appear to
be a standardised(tm) method to approach this difficulty through
out all drivers (not just ethernet) .

Could someone please point me to NON RedHat/Debian/... centric
tool to determine the proper ethernet for now ?

Modules are not an option for me here . Imo: If this can be done
with modules it should well be possible for staticly built
drivers as well . Tia , JimL

On Thu, 8 May 2003, Ray Lee wrote:
> 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.
> Debian already supports this, integrated into the normal scheme for
> dealing with interfaces. Anyone running Debian can take a look at
> /usr/share/doc/ifupdown/examples directory, the network-interfaces.gz
> file contains sample /etc/network/interfaces stanzas for configuring
> your interfaces via MAC address:
> auto eth0 eth1
> mapping eth0 eth1
> script /path/to/
> map 11:22:33:44:55:66 lan
> map AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF internet
> iface lan inet static
> address
> netmask
> pre-up /usr/local/sbin/enable-masq $IFACE
> iface internet inet dhcp
> pre-up /usr/local/sbin/firewall $IFACE
> You can even do something like:
> iface wireless inet dhcp
> wireless_key 12345678901234567890123456
> A sample is in the same directory, though it has a
> typo (missing a close paren -- I need to report that...). This same
> scheme works for pinging some well-known host to determine where you
> are, or using ARPs, or whatever. I use it on my laptop with PCMCIA
> cards, works great.
> Ray
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