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Date:	Sun, 25 May 2008 05:17:13 -0700 (PDT)
From:	David Miller <>
Subject: Re: network interface *name* alias support?

From: Patrick McHardy <>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 05:07:16 +0200

> Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> > On Saturday 2008-05-24 22:31, Patrick McHardy wrote:
> >> David Woodhouse wrote:
> >>> On Sat, 2008-05-24 at 10:15 +0100, James Chapman wrote:
> >>>> Wouldn't it be better to fix any applications that can't handle
> >>>> renamed devices?
> >>> _Are_ there any such applications? Other than NetworkManager crapping
> >>> itself when the device name is too long, I'm not aware of any.
> >> iptraf uses device names to determine the device type:
> > 
> > Run `iptraf -u`, and it works with any name.
> Thanks for the hint. Its stupid nevertheless.

I think it's stupid too.

Physical geography information for a device is available
to userspace already.  If tools want to present that to
the user in a suitable interface, fine.  But what is
being proposed here is not necessary to implement that.
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