Manual/Wiki or other documentation for PXE install mainlyinstall.cfg?

Drew Weaver drew.weaver at
Mon Jan 21 08:50:50 PST 2008

On Mon, 21 Jan 2008 16:38:32 +0000, Kimi <kimimeister at> wrote:
> On 21/01/2008, Drew Weaver <drew.weaver at> wrote:
>>         Would have been, or would be nice if they could make an alias to
> 'the first Ethernet controller' (i.e. eth0). So that you could reference
> in such a way when there is only a single Ethernet controller in a
> ifconfig fxp0 name eth0 ?
well, at this point he doesn't seem to know wether fxp0 is his first
ethernet interface. Chicken Egg problem ;-)

This is a snippet from OpenBSD's installer (it's a ksh script).
Dunno wether it works on FreeBSD, though. But should :)
# Find all ethernet interfaces
A=`dmesg | grep 'address ..:..:..:..:..:..' | sed 's/^\(.*\) at .*/\1/'`
# Find the first interface with cable plugged in
for i in $A; do
    if ifconfig $i | grep 'status: active'; then
        IFACE=$i; export IFACE
if test "$IFACE"; then
    echo Network interface is $IFACE
    echo No network interface located. Aborting.
    exec sh

Not specifically that I don’t know, more specifically that install.cfg doesn't know whether it’s a rl0, fxp0 or 3 or 4 others..


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