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Re: [opensuse-factory] Re: eth0 Vote
  • From: Andrei Borzenkov <arvidjaar@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:48:41 +0300
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On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 9:21 AM, Michal Kubecek <mkubecek@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Tuesday 27 of October 2015 06:34:30 Andrei Borzenkov wrote:
The problem with persistent was renaming inside the same namespace
that was not reliable. People were actually left with eth0_temp at

This has been fixed.

eth0 wants to be renamed to eth1. eth1 gets renamed to eth1_temp; at
the same moment new interface is detected that gets eth1 from kernel.
Now you can neither rename eth0 to eth1 nor rename eth1_temp back.

Current net_id gets it right by making each event independent - you
only need to care about current interface which generated event.

Another consideration is that IMHO persistent renaming based on MAC is
wrong in most cases and should have never been default. This is
fixable again.

There are special scenarios when it's not suitable (once I've seen a
Hyper-V setup which assigned VM's NIC different MAC address each time)
but I certainly wouldn't call these "most cases".

This makes hardware replacement much more difficult and demanding than
it could be, especially when the only access to system you have
remotely is via interface that is replaced.

Using topology (device tree if you like) for persistent names
indirectly maps interfaces to external connectors which is what most
people are really interested in. When you send someone to plug cable
into interface, do you tell the person MAC address or physical port
location in device?

Current udev actually give you full flexibility on selecting which
naming scheme for which device is used.
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