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 From:  "Pavel A. Grodek" <m0n0wall at abletools dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall-dev Mailing List <m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re[2]: [m0n0wall-dev] Making interface assignments more resilient
 Date:  Mon, 7 Nov 2005 04:19:58 +0300
Hello Kris,

Monday, November 7, 2005, 2:10:11 AM, you wrote:

>>Obviously the above doesn't cover the instance of moving one card to
>>another slot AND adding an additional card in the previous slot but
>>I can't see that being too likely. Basically, I'd say MAC addresses
>>should have preference. Point 2 would cover your point about
>>replacing failed hardware, as the old MAC would no longer be found
>>anyway :)
KM> I agree, but I'm also considering situations where someone may have removed
KM> multiple ethernet cards and replaced them in any order. In that case, a person
KM> would expect them to be plugged in in the same order as before. I'm most
KM> likely to give precedence to PCI address, but am looking for someone to talk
KM> me out of it. 

Sure, you might be doing some kind of major hardware upgrade/fix/debug
that involves removing all cards and putting them back in a different
order. There are two approaches to this, actually. I've met people who put
tags on the cards themselves and I've seen tags put on cases near
certain slots. I think most people tag their cards (after all, there
are providers out there who allow only certain MACs to connect from
the user's side), so giving MAC priority should be more useful here.

Basically, you wanted some kind of a vote - and for now there are two
people for MACs and none for PCI addresses :-)

Best regards,
 Pavel                            mailto:m0n0wall at abletools dot com