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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ieee1394: eth1394: use "firewire%d" instead of "eth%d" as interface name
On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 16:31, Stefan Richter <> wrote:
> Usually I prefer brevity too.  Alas, it may not be clear to many people what
> "fw" is supposed to mean.  People might associate it with, let's say,
> "firewall" before "firewire" when they deal with networking. However, more
> opinions on this are welcome.

Yeah, common one is also "firmware". I think "firewire" is fine.

> As for practical length restrictions:  The kernel's networking core requires
> that these names fit into 15 characters plus trailing \0.  I don't have an
> idea whether there are userland components which have even tighter
> restrictions.
> Does anybody know of potential trouble in networking tools if interface
> names are 9 or 10 characters long?

I don't think so, stuff at the tools level usually works flawlessly
with "eth0_rename_ren" devices, when things went wrong with renaming
the devices. :)

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