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Re: alloc_etherdev breaks ether=

To: Andrew Morton <andrewm@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: alloc_etherdev breaks ether=
From: Richard Gooch <rgooch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 23:14:56 -0600
Cc: Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Alan Cox <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "David S. Miller" <davem@xxxxxxxxxx>, netdev@xxxxxxxxxxx, Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Andrew Morton writes:
> Jeff Garzik wrote:
> > 
> > Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > Which basically takes us back to the thing I did in
> > > December: allocate and reserve the device name at the
> > > start of probe, and publish it (ie: make it eligible for
> > > open) at the end of probe.
> > 
> > How does this solve the problem I just described, where device B gets
> > options intended for device A?
> Or where someone swaps your NICs around.  Or where the kernel changes
> its bus scan direction.  Or when you're using /sbin/hotplug to load
> the drivers and the wind is in the South East.
> It doesn't.  We need to be able to address interfaces by MAC address,
> bus location, etcetera to solve these things.
/dev/netif/eth0 symlink to /dev/bus/pci0/slot1/function0/eth


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