Re: What is the best way for multiple net_devices

From: Jeff Garzik (
Date: Wed Jun 27 2001 - 17:04:02 EST

andrew may wrote:
> Is there a standard way to make multiple copies of a network device?
> For things like the bonding/ipip/ip_gre and others they seem to expect
> insmod -o copy1 module.o
> insmod -o copy2 module.o

The network driver should provide the capability to add new devices.

Most drivers currently have the capability to do N devices, where N is
some constant set at compile time. Typically you use ifconfig, a
special-purpose userland program, or sometimes even sysctls to configure
additional net devices.

It's certainly possible to modify the driver to create additional
network interfaces on the fly, but a lot of drivers are not coded to do
that at present.

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