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 From:  "Chad R. Larson" <clarson at eldocomp dot com>
 To:  Kris Maglione <bsdaemon at comcast dot net>
 Cc:  m0n0wall-dev Mailing List <m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall-dev] Making interface assignments more resilient
 Date:  Mon, 7 Nov 2005 10:25:27 -0700
Kris Maglione wrote:
> I'm working on a patch to make interface assignments more resilient, but 
> I'd like some input as to which datas should have the highest priority.

I'd do it by PCI bus position.

If people have labeled the ports and cables, like good little admins 
should, doing it by PCI would result in less ancillary work.  Say, for 
diagnostic purposes, we swapped two NICs to see if a problem moves. 
Tracking the MAC address would cause the involved interfaces (WAN, LAN) 
to physically move.  That might then require cutting cable tie wraps and 
the like to move the cables as well.  And then, if no problem were 
reveled, you'd have to put everything back or your documentation would 
be wrong.

And for embedded boards (Soekris) it won't matter, since the interfaces 
are soldered down.

Chad R. Larson (CRL22)    chad at eldocomp dot com
   Eldorado Computing, Inc.   602-604-3100
      5353 North 16th Street, Suite 400
        Phoenix, Arizona   85016-3228


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