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Date:   Sun, 11 Aug 2019 19:37:26 -0600
From:   David Ahern <>
To:     Jiri Pirko <>
Cc:     Roopa Prabhu <>,
        netdev <>,
        David Miller <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
        Stephen Hemminger <>,,
        Michal Kubecek <>,
        Andrew Lunn <>,,
        Saeed Mahameed <>,
        mlxsw <>
Subject: Re: [patch net-next rfc 3/7] net: rtnetlink: add commands to add and
 delete alternative ifnames

On 8/11/19 7:34 PM, David Ahern wrote:
> On 8/10/19 12:30 AM, Jiri Pirko wrote:
>> Could you please write me an example message of add/remove?
> altnames are for existing netdevs, yes? existing netdevs have an id and
> a name - 2 existing references for identifying the existing netdev for
> which an altname will be added. Even using the altname as the main
> 'handle' for a setlink change, I see no reason why the GETLINK api can
> not take an the IFLA_ALT_IFNAME and return the full details of the
> device if the altname is unique.
> So, what do the new RTM commands give you that you can not do with

To put this another way, the ALT_NAME is an attribute of an object - a
LINK. It is *not* a separate object which requires its own set of
commands for manipulating.

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