Feisty Meta physics

Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Fri Nov 2 13:48:30 UTC 2007

Mario Vukelic wrote:

> On Wed, 2007-10-31 at 23:49 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
>> but iirc, that's just a function of aliasing in /etc/modprobe.d/ - so
>> they
>> can really be called anything.  It would just get really confusing if you
>> called a wired NIC "wlan0" :-)
> I guess that's all true, but the exercise was just to find out what
> exactly Carl meant :)
>> Is eth0_rename actually a working device?  I got one of those, too (when
>> I
>> installed Feisty), and it was completely broken.  I just removed
>> everything from /etc/iftab, and they went back to predictable values.
> I think it's weird, but it didn't hurt so far. In fact, a few changes
> late in the dev cycle meant that for the first time it works reliably,
> ever.
> What's /etc/iftab? I don't have it, and would be surprised if I ever had
> such a directory (?) in any distro.

It _was_ part of the "ifrename" package.  It got installed automatically on
my system, at some point.  Now, I don't seem to have ifrename, and my
dlocate is broken again!

OK, fixed that (bad update of slocate from feisty to Gutsy), and it appears
now to be part of udev.  Memory tells me it's used by udev if it exists,
but isn't required. 

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