Subject: Re: A possible way of handling variant/common devices
To: Chris G. Demetriou <email@example.com>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
Date: 03/28/1997 16:55:06
"Chris G. Demetriou" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>This is a mostly-bogus objection. The same problem existed for SCSI
>busses, and the same solution can be used. This can all be handled
>using the existing autoconfiguration machinery.
I thought Bill was suggesting eliminating the existing names
completely. If so, then there's a difference from SCSI I care about a
*lot*. Reordering SCSI devices on a bus doesn't change the user-level
names. Reordering cards on a PCI bus *does* change the user-level name.
I just don't find the idea of having that happen on my firewall box
acceptable. Wearing my security-weenie hat, I don't even like the
idea of having to get two levels of naming right (the pci-level, and
lan* level) in order to tie specific IP addresses and filter rules to
the right bulkhead ports. It's just something else that might go
wrong. Or am I misunderstanding Bill's suggestion again?
That said, neither of us particularly likes this idea, so I suppose the
point is moot.