Newbie question... where does eth0 (the device) come from?

Caleb Land bokonon at
Mon Mar 5 13:58:28 PST 2001

On Mon, Mar 05, 2001 at 01:13:19PM -0500, Simon Perreault wrote:
> On Monday 05 March 2001 13:08, Randolph S. Kahle wrote:
> > I'm stumped. Where does that device come from? I
> > believe it does not belong in /dev...
> ethx does not appear in /dev

Does anyone know the reason why ethernet devices aren't files in /dev.
One of the things one learns about UNIX is that ``everything is a
file'' but this too stumped me when I was new (IE looking in /dev for

I just find it a bit strange.

Caleb Land

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