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 From:  "Martin Bauer" <martin underscore bauer at gmx dot at>
 To:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Cc:  "'Joey Morin'" <joeymorin at alumni dot uwaterloo dot ca>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] after assigning interfaces - configuration gets lost
 Date:  Tue, 6 Jul 2004 12:17:27 +0200
Subject: RE: [m0n0wall] after assigning interfaces - configuration gets lost

Hi List,

Well, I figures out, that actually nothing was written on the floppy. When I
tried to go on with setup this weekend, I noticed that an error message
("fd0c: hard error reading fsbn") gets displayed. Probably it was already
there the last time and I was only to tired to see.

Anyway I found some threads in the list that deal with that issue, so this
discussion will be continued at the therad with the title "fd0c: Problem".


-----Original Message-----
From: Joey Morin [mailto:jmorin at icomm dot ca]
Sent: Sonntag, 13. Juni 2004 16:18
To: Martin Bauer
Cc: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] after assigning interfaces - configuration gets lost

This one time, at band camp, Martin Bauer said:

> Dear list,
> I am experiencing troubles with assigning the correct network cards to 
> the interfaces.
> I am using the CDROM version 1.0 of m0n0wall.
> I can assign the network adapter names to the correct interfaces when 
> I boot for the first time. BUT: after reboot all changes are gone. It 
> seams as if m0n0wall did not save the new configuration.

maybe you're...

> Just to avoid misunderstandings: I am not using a write protected 
> floppy;

ah.  have you stuck the floppy into another machine to see if the timestamp
on config.xml has changed?  that is, is the config actually being updated,
perhaps implying a problem internal to m0n0wall software vis-a-vis interface
assignment (heaven forbid), or is the config file remaining unchanged after
a reboot, implying perhaps a problem with hardware (floppy controller,
drive, cable, or the floppy itself..)

do other config items survive a reboot?  like the LAN IP, hostname, etc...?

> I read something about problems with PNP configuration in context with 
> this problem (even I am not sure that it is really the same).
> If this problem is in context with PNP could some one please give me a 
> detailed advice how I can correct it. I am not a BIOS Expert at all ;).
> In my BIOS I can assign lots of irq; I also found an option called 
> "PNP OS [yes, no]".

it doesn't sound to me to be a bios problem at all.  freebsd does it's own
detection of hardware during boot anyway, and the interface assignments are
completely manual.  what's in the config is what is used until you change it
on the console menu.

you could edit the config.xml on another box (even a windows box), and
assign the interfaces that way.  you could confirm, at least, whether or not
the config file is being reset with factory defaults.  just look for these
lines, and replace the interface names with your own:


the tags you want are the <if></if> tags in the <lan> and <wan> sections.