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NAMEIF(8) Linux's Administrator's Manual NAMEIF(8)
nameif - name network interfaces based on MAC addresses
nameif [-c configfile] [-s]
nameif [-c configfile] [-s] [interface macaddress]
nameif [-c configfile] [-r] [newifname oldifname]
nameif renames network interfaces based on mac addresses or interface names. 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 or old interface name and renames it to the name given.
Log all error messages to syslog.
Rename the interface given by oldifname to the new name newifname without consult-
ing any macaddress.
Read configfile instead of /etc/mactab.
nameif should be run before the interface is up, otherwise it'll fail.
Only works for Ethernet currently.
net-tools 18 Oct 2000 NAMEIF(8)
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