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Re: starting Fedora Server SIG

Jesse Keating wrote:
On Wed, 2008-11-19 at 13:24 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
Agreed, but when the kernel hardware detection order was predictable, this was simple. Now it isn't.

When was it predictable?  Even in the 2.4 era, we'd get one chassis
barebones from a vender like supermicro and the nic order would be one
way, then next month we'd order the same chassis barebones and the nics
would be picked up in a different order.  Even more fun is when they'd
change with a kernel update, so that the kernel we installed with had
one order, and the kernel we updated to and rebooted to had it in a
different order.

I'm pretty sure I cloned Centos 3.x across at least 50 IBM 336's with the NICs always being chosen in the same order. The thing that really took me by surprise, though, was some mid-rev update (and I can't remember now if this was still 3.x or a later version) where the previously ignored HWADDR entries in the ifcfg-eth? files started being observed just to the point of not bringing up an interface that didn't match. This was fun when the local test box didn't exhibit the problem but all of the remote headless boxes that previously worked fell off the network when rebooted. I just happened to be in the right place by a console that happened to be connected to catch it one of the first times it happened. I suppose that change was really a bugfix and it was supposed to work that way from the beginning but it wasn't what I expected in an update from an 'enterprise' version.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell gmail com

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