Running a command when a specific interface is created or destroyed

Warren Block wblock at
Thu Apr 24 14:51:17 UTC 2014

On Thu, 24 Apr 2014, Rolf Nielsen wrote:

> Hi,
> I use my phone's 3G/4G connection to connect my computer to the
> internet. With the help of the urndis driver, it comes up as ue0.
> However, if I reboot the computer, the phone automatically disables USB
> tethering, and I can't re-enable it until the boot is complete.
> Being somewhat paranoid, I use an OpenVPN service, and I want the cilent
> to start automatically. I obviously can't set it to start from rc.conf,
> as I can't log in to the server before I have an internet connection.
> So, is there a way to start the OpenVPN client automatically upon
> creation of the ue0 interface? E.g. can dhclient be set up to run the
> openvpn start script after it has given ue0 an IP address? And is there
> a way to automatically stop the openvpn client if ue0 is destroyed, e.g.
> if I disconnect my phone from the computer?

devd(8) can do that.  Look at /etc/devd.conf for some examples, and 
devd.conf(5) for more detail.

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