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Date:	Wed, 31 Jan 2007 10:40:59 -0800
From:	Stephen Hemminger <>
To:	Jiri Benc <>
	"John W. Linville" <>,
	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] Alternative hidden netwirk device interface

On Wed, 31 Jan 2007 19:26:47 +0100
Jiri Benc <> wrote:

> On Mon, 29 Jan 2007 14:09:58 -0800, Stephen Hemminger wrote:
> > Change to allow register_netdevice() to be called with a blank name.
> > If name is blank, it is not put in name hash list, and doesn't
> > show up in /sys or /proc
> What about things like neigh_sysctl_register which expects nonempty dev
> name or rtnetlink_event which sends a RTM_NEWLINK event (I doubt that
> listeners are prepared for nonempty dev name)?

that is fixable.

> Also, if the interface has ifindex assigned it is accessible from user
> space (although it's unlikely anybody would call anything on it) - what
> should be the correct result of e.g. SIOCGIFNAME?


> Thanks,
>  Jiri

Stephen Hemminger <>
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