Subject: Re: network config: rc.conf or separate files?
To: Douglas Allan Tutty <email@example.com>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/13/2007 11:31:43
On Fri, 13 Apr 2007, Douglas Allan Tutty wrote:
> I'm learning NetBSD (from Debian), doing a test install on an old 171 MB
> Reading the guide, there appear to be two ways to configure networking:
> put things like hostname and ifconfig in rc.conf
> put things in separate files like /etc/myname, /etc/ifconfig.xxx
> I'm wondering why there are two different ways and the pros and cons of
> choosing either. Is one historical and the other more recent?
Yes, the /etc/ifconfig.xxx and /etc/myname are historical. (And before
that also had /etc/hostname.xxx.)
Some admins like to keep configs in one place like rc.conf while others
like the flexibility of different files.
Also /etc/ifconfig.xxN for many aliases (many lines) may be more
convenient than using ifaliases_xxx variable.
Welcome to NetBSD!
Jeremy C. Reed