On Sun, Nov 06, 2005 at 08:07:47PM -0500, Chris Buechler wrote:
>there are other options, like parsing dmesg might produce more
>specific output under certain circumstances.
I considered that, and decided on pciconf -lv, rather than dmesg.
I agree that the device string can be confusing when it represents the
chipset, rather than the device, but it's still useful. For instance, it's
easy to look at 2 network cards and see one with a big chip that says 3com and
another that says Realtek. Nevertheless, names like rl0, pcn2, etc. are
meaningless to most people. It would be better to assign artificial names like
Ethernet 1, WiFi 1, Firewire Ethernet 1, etc. than to use the real interface
names, but I'd still advocate using the device strings.
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programmers don't know how to spell quiche. They eat
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