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NAMEIF(8)			  Linux's 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.

net-tools				   18 Oct 2000					NAMEIF(8)
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