Howto rename an interface
vjardin at wanadoo.fr
Mon May 5 14:47:19 PDT 2003
> Many issues are resolved by moving from if_name and if_unit to if_xname
> in ifnet. I've got a patch for that, but due to lack of time to deal
> with the issues involved in the ABI change I don't think I'll get it
> in to 5.x. It doesn't deal with sockaddr_dl or routing sockets, but
> it does clean up most uses if interface names.
I had been googling about if_xname, and I found OpenBSD. According to their
cvs history they do not use if_unit/if_name since 1996.
date: 1996/05/10 12:31:07; author: deraadt; state: Exp; lines: +48 -112
if_name/if_unit -> if_xname/if_softc
> I did take a shot at interface renaming, but didn't quite get it right
> the first try. I was looking at what I did wrong a little while ago and
> I don't think renaming is all that difficult once you kill off if_name
> and if_unit. It's on my todo list, but I think it's a 6.x feature at
> this point.
I agree that the main issue is to remove all the if_name and if_unit. It would
have been a nice 5.x feature ;-)
Thanks for your comments about if_xname,
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