Request For Info - Hotplug Network Plan

Jim Gifford lfs at
Thu Jul 1 20:53:20 PDT 2004

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin P. Fleming" <kpfleming at>
To: <lfs-dev at>
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 7:54 PM
Subject: Re: Request For Info - Hotplug Network Plan

> Nathan Coulson wrote:
> >>Alexander E. Patrakov wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>>2) This doesn't play well with aliases. This problem will go away when
> >>>we push all aliases for eth0 into the main ifconfig.eth0 file.
> >>
> >>Moving to using iproute2 instead of net-tools can eliminate the need for
> >>aliases entirely. I don't use them any longer, I just use "ip address
> >>add" to add my extra addresses to each NIC that needs them.
> >
> >
> > Alexander was talking in the context of the LFS Bootscript configuration
> > files, I believe.
> Right, but if we are going to "push all aliases into the ifconfig.eth0
> file", we might as well just find some method of not using aliases at
> all, and supply multiple IP addresses so the ifup script can use "ip" to
> add them to the NIC. It seems that iproute2 is definitely going into the
> book, and ifconfig is leaving, in which case you can't even do aliases
> at all unless they use the BLFS instructions to add ifconfig to their
> system.
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You can do aliases under iproute 2
ip addr add {ip/cidr}1 broadcast {ip broadcast} label {ethx.x} dev {ethx}

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