Consistent Network Device Naming
On systems with multiple network ports, allow use of BIOS-provided port names instead of ethX.
- Name: Matt Domsch
- Email: Matt_Domsch@dell.com
- Targeted release: Fedora 15
- Last updated: 2010-10-26
- Percentage of completion: 00%
Systems, particularly servers, with multiple network ports, name the ports ethX in a non-deterministic order, and are therefore not useful for system administrators.
The proposal is as follows:
- revive biosdevname from a dead.package
- provide a kickstart option to use biosdevname in udev rules
- have kickstart / anaconda use the biosdevname-provided names
- ensure postinstall udev uses biosdevname in udev rules
Benefit to Fedora
System Administrators can then use BIOS-provided names, which are consistent and not arbitrarily named, for their network ports. This eliminates the confusion that non-deterministic naming brings, and eliminates the use of hard-coded MAC address based port renaming which a) is racy and error-prone, and b) introduces state into an otherwise stateless system.
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