Do you use a value other than AUTO for network_interfaces?

Brooks Davis brooks at
Tue Jun 2 22:09:23 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 10:30:46PM +0200, Ruben van Staveren wrote:
> On 2 Jun 2009, at 21:20, Doug Barton wrote:
>> Up till Sunday in 8-current, and for a long time in general
>> network.subr (part of the rc.d system) has emitted a warning that
>> values of network_interfaces other than AUTO are deprecated. I removed
>> that warning in HEAD Sunday, and there is no a discussion about
>> whether or not it should be put back, and whether or not there is any
>> need for the user to specify the list of network interfaces at all.
> Well, I do.
> I only want to configure only the interfaces that are connected and that I 
> know about. especially in combination with IPv6 there is a nit that you'll 
> get autoconfiguration for all interfaces unless they are all explicitly 
> configured.

See my other post on why this is a needless worry for the IPv4 case.

> e.g. bge0 connected, bge1 not, v6 autoconf on the lan. if I don't do a 
> ipv6_ifconfig_bge1="down" and nail network_interfaces to bge0 bge1 lo0 only 
> I'll get autoconfiguration of v6 where I don't want it to be.
> Being a bit of my own devils advocate here, network_interfaces="AUTO" is 
> already true for ipv6. with network_interfaces="bge0 lo0" network.subr 
> nevertheless sees bge1, and no configuration and takes the responsibility 
> of starting ipv6 autoconfiguration for it.

The IPv6 case is clearly a bug.  We should really consolidate the two
cases and I think there are patches to do so if someone wants to setup
up and help get them in.

-- Brooks
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