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nameif - name network interfaces based on MAC addresses

NAMEIF(8) Linux System Administrator's Manual NAMEIF(8)

NAME

nameif - name network interfaces based on MAC addresses

SYNOPSIS

nameif [-c configfile] [-s]
 
nameif [-c configfile] [-s] {interface macaddress}

DESCRIPTION

nameif renames network interfaces based on mac addresses. When no arguments are given /etc/mactab is read. Each line of it contains an interface name and a Ethernet MAC address. Comments are allowed starting with #. Otherwise the interfaces specified on the command line are processed. nameif looks for the interface with the given MAC address and renames it to the name given.
 
When the -s argument is given all error messages go to the syslog.
 
When the -c argument is given with a file name that file is read instead of /etc/mactab.
 

NOTES

nameif should be run before the interface is up, otherwise it'll fail.
 

FILES

/etc/mactab

BUGS

Only works for Ethernet currently.
2008-10-03 net-tools