Re: 2.4.1 swaps hardware addresses for ethernet cards

From: Andrew Morton (
Date: Tue Feb 13 2001 - 06:33:43 EST

al goldstein wrote:
> I have 2 ether cards 59x (eth0) and 509 (eth1). I have been adding 509
> at boot in lilo.conf. Using this same config in 2.4.1 results in
> the hardware addresses for the cards to be swapped. If I remove 509 from
> Lilo I get the same result. Suggestions would be appreciated

If both drivers are statically linked into the kernel then
I guess this is entirely dependent upon the linkage order of
net/core/dev.o and drivers/net/3c59x.o.

If you make the drivers modular then you can force the order
within your boot scripts.

If you make just one driver modular then that one will be

You can grab Andi's "nameif" app which allows you to rename
interfaces based on their MAC address, which will certainly
put and end to the issue. I'm not sure whether this
app is in net-tools yet.

Finally, you can wait until the Linux hotplug architecture
is fully implemented, after which the naming order will
be nicely randomised each time you boot :)

It's fun, isn't it?

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