Re: of ethernet names (was [PATCH] Futex Asynchronous

From: Dr. David Alan Gilbert (
Date: Sun Jun 09 2002 - 13:22:24 EST

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* Linus Torvalds ( wrote:

> On 9 Jun 2002, Kai Henningsen wrote:
> >
> > However, I don't think that's all that important. What I'd rather see is
> > making the network devices into namespace nodes. The situation of eth0 and
> > friends, from a Unix perspective, is utterly unnatural.
> But what would you _do_ with them? What would be the advantage as compared
> to the current situation?

Personally I would do away with ifconfig and replace it with
cat in and out of device nodes; ifconfig seems to suffer about having to
know about every protocol on every device type and the kernel has to
provide interfaces for it that only it uses.

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