Little question about device driver name

Bob Hall rjhjr0 at
Fri Sep 24 17:49:47 UTC 2010

On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 07:04:06PM +0200, David DEMELIER wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I just wonder why if_bridge(4) is prefixed by if_ for device name.
> Every other device name like lagg(4), gif(4) are not prefixed with
> this same one.

if_bridge was based on bridge. I assume that when the updated if_bridge
was introduced, the earlier bridge was still available, so the author
needed some way to distinguish his new module from the earlier module.

Type "man bridge" and check the Authors section.

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