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systemd.link - Network device configuration
Network link configuration is performed by the net_setup_link udev builtin.
The link files are read from the files located in the system network directory /lib/systemd/network, the volatile runtime network directory
/run/systemd/network, and the local administration network directory /etc/systemd/network. Link files must have the extension .link; other
extensions are ignored. All link files are collectively sorted and processed in lexical order, regardless of the directories in which they
live. However, files with identical filenames replace each other. Files in /etc have the highest priority, files in /run take precedence
over files with the same name in /lib. This can be used to override a system-supplied link file with a local file if needed. As a special
case, an empty file (file size 0) or symlink with the same name pointing to /dev/null disables the configuration file entirely (it is
The link file contains a "[Match]" section, which determines if a given link file may be applied to a given device, as well as a "[Link]"
section specifying how the device should be configured. The first (in lexical order) of the link files that matches a given device is
applied. Note that a default file 99-default.link is shipped by the system. Any user-supplied .link should hence have a lexically earlier
name to be considered at all.
See udevadm(8) for diagnosing problems with .link files.
[MATCH] SECTION OPTIONS
A link file is said to match a device if each of the entries in the "[Match]" section matches, or if the section is empty. The following
keys are accepted:
The hardware address.
A whitespace-separated list of shell-style globs matching the device name, as exposed by the udev property "INTERFACE". This cannot be
used to match on names that have already been changed from userspace. Caution is advised when matching on kernel-assigned names, as
they are known to be unstable between reboots.
A whitespace-separated list of shell-style globs matching the persistent path, as exposed by the udev property "ID_PATH".
A whitespace-separated list of shell-style globs matching the driver currently bound to the device, as exposed by the udev property
"DRIVER" of its parent device, or if that is not set, the driver as exposed by "ethtool -i" of the device itself.
A whitespace-separated list of shell-style globs matching the device type, as exposed by the udev property "DEVTYPE".
Matches against the hostname or machine ID of the host. See "ConditionHost=" in systemd.unit(5) for details.
Checks whether the system is executed in a virtualized environment and optionally test whether it is a specific implementation. See
"ConditionVirtualization=" in systemd.unit(5) for details.
Checks whether a specific kernel command line option is set (or if prefixed with the exclamation mark unset). See
"ConditionKernelCommandLine=" in systemd.unit(5) for details.
Checks whether the kernel version (as reported by uname -r) matches a certain expression (or if prefixed with the exclamation mark does
not match it). See "ConditionKernelVersion=" in systemd.unit(5) for details.
Checks whether the system is running on a specific architecture. See "ConditionArchitecture=" in systemd.unit(5) for details.
[LINK] SECTION OPTIONS
The "[Link]" section accepts the following keys:
A description of the device.
The "ifalias" is set to this value.
The policy by which the MAC address should be set. The available policies are:
If the hardware has a persistent MAC address, as most hardware should, and if it is used by the kernel, nothing is done. Otherwise,
a new MAC address is generated which is guaranteed to be the same on every boot for the given machine and the given device, but
which is otherwise random. This feature depends on ID_NET_NAME_* properties to exist for the link. On hardware where these
properties are not set, the generation of a persistent MAC address will fail.
If the kernel is using a random MAC address, nothing is done. Otherwise, a new address is randomly generated each time the device
appears, typically at boot. Either way, the random address will have the "unicast" and "locally administered" bits set.
Keeps the MAC address assigned by the kernel.
The MAC address to use, if no "MACAddressPolicy=" is specified.
An ordered, space-separated list of policies by which the interface name should be set. "NamePolicy" may be disabled by specifying
"net.ifnames=0" on the kernel command line. Each of the policies may fail, and the first successful one is used. The name is not set
directly, but is exported to udev as the property "ID_NET_NAME", which is, by default, used by a udev rule to set "NAME". If the name
has already been set by userspace, no renaming is performed. The available policies are:
If the kernel claims that the name it has set for a device is predictable, then no renaming is performed.
The name is set based on entries in the udev's Hardware Database with the key "ID_NET_NAME_FROM_DATABASE".
The name is set based on information given by the firmware for on-board devices, as exported by the udev property
The name is set based on information given by the firmware for hot-plug devices, as exported by the udev property
The name is set based on the device's physical location, as exported by the udev property "ID_NET_NAME_PATH".
The name is set based on the device's persistent MAC address, as exported by the udev property "ID_NET_NAME_MAC".
The interface name to use in case all the policies specified in NamePolicy= fail, or in case NamePolicy= is missing or disabled.
Note that specifying a name that the kernel might use for another interface (for example "eth0") is dangerous because the name
assignment done by udev will race with the assignment done by the kernel, and only one interface may use the name. Depending on the
order of operations, either udev or the kernel will win, making the naming unpredictable. It is best to use some different prefix, for
example "internal0"/"external0" or "lan0"/"lan1"/"lan3".
The maximum transmission unit in bytes to set for the device. The usual suffixes K, M, G, are supported and are understood to the base
The speed to set for the device, the value is rounded down to the nearest Mbps. The usual suffixes K, M, G, are supported and are
understood to the base of 1000.
The duplex mode to set for the device. The accepted values are "half" and "full".
Enables or disables automatic negotiation of transmission parameters. Autonegotiation is a procedure by which two connected ethernet
devices choose common transmission parameters, such as speed, duplex mode, and flow control. Takes a boolean value. Unset by default,
which means that the kernel default will be used.
Note that if autonegotiation is enabled, speed and duplex settings are read-only. If autonegotation is disabled, speed and duplex
settings are writable if the driver supports multiple link modes.
The Wake-on-LAN policy to set for the device. The supported values are:
Wake on PHY activity.
Wake on unicast messages.
Wake on multicast messages.
Wake on broadcast messages.
Wake on ARP.
Wake on receipt of a magic packet.
Enable secureon(tm) password for MagicPacket(tm).
Defaults to "off".
The port option is used to select the device port. The supported values are:
An Ethernet interface using Twisted-Pair cable as the medium.
Attachment Unit Interface (AUI). Normally used with hubs.
An Ethernet interface using BNC connectors and co-axial cable.
An Ethernet interface using a Media Independent Interface (MII).
An Ethernet interface using Optical Fibre as the medium.
The TCP Segmentation Offload (TSO) when true enables TCP segmentation offload. Takes a boolean value. Defaults to "unset".
The TCP6 Segmentation Offload (tx-tcp6-segmentation) when true enables TCP6 segmentation offload. Takes a boolean value. Defaults to
The Generic Segmentation Offload (GSO) when true enables generic segmentation offload. Takes a boolean value. Defaults to "unset".
The UDP Segmentation Offload (USO) when true enables UDP segmentation offload. Takes a boolean value. Defaults to "unset".
The Generic Receive Offload (GRO) when true enables generic receive offload. Takes a boolean value. Defaults to "unset".
The Large Receive Offload (LRO) when true enables large receive offload. Takes a boolean value. Defaults to "unset".
Example 1. /lib/systemd/network/99-default.link
The link file 99-default.link that is shipped with systemd defines the default naming policy for links.
NamePolicy=kernel database onboard slot path
Example 2. /etc/systemd/network/10-dmz.link
This example assigns the fixed name "dmz0" to the interface with the MAC address 00:a0:de:63:7a:e6:
Example 3. /etc/systemd/network/10-internet.link
This example assigns the fixed name "internet0" to the interface with the device path "pci-0000:00:1a.0-*":
Example 4. /etc/systemd/network/25-wireless.link
Here's an overly complex example that shows the use of a large number of [Match] and [Link] settings.
systemd-udevd.service(8), udevadm(8), systemd.netdev(5), systemd.network(5)
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