Subject: Re: A possible way of handling variant/common devices
To: None <>
From: Mike Long <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 03/28/1997 18:07:05
>Date: Fri, 28 Mar 1997 17:58:54 -0500
>From: Bill Sommerfeld <>
>> I guess I'm missing the point.  What would an _autoconfig_ parent for
>> Ethernet, or FDDI, or whatever, devices give us that we can't already
>> do with config's attribute mechanism, and the kernel config attributes
>> that exist for ether, fddi, arcnet, etc?
>It's purely a user-interface, user-convenience issue.
>If your first LAN interface is always at lan0, not at one of
>	{ae0,de0,ea0,eb0,ed0,eg0,eh0,el0,ep0,es0,fe0,hp0,ie0,ix0,iy0,lpt0,
>	 ni0,ofnet0,qe0,qn0,se0,sn0,fea0,fpa0,fta0,bah0}
>(this list was generated mechanically, and may leave out a few things..)
>then scripts and instructions for doing installation and configuration
>can be much simpler.

Well after Jason's addition of -l to ifconfig you can just use

lan0=`ifconfig -l |head`

(or something like that), which is a heck of a lot easier than mucking
with the kernel.
Mike Long <>     <URL:>
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