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

Daniel Roethlisberger daniel at
Mon Mar 5 14:10:33 PST 2001

> 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 ethX).

I don't know why network interfaces aren't in /dev on Linux, but
on the majority of other Unices, you'll definately find a
/dev/eth0 .


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