Mystery of device names

Timothy Murphy tim at
Wed Sep 5 14:36:17 UTC 2007

Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:

>> But I am surprised that setting something like
>> "alias eth0 orinoco_cs" in /etc/modprobe.conf
>> is not enough to persuade the laptop to use eth0 for this card,
>> even after re-booting?
> From my understanding, the alias in /etc/modprobe.conf controls what
> module gets loaded when you try to load the device. For example, you
> can use "modprobe eth0" instead of "modprobe orinoco_cs". It also
> has causes the orinoco_cs module to be used when you try and bring
> up eth0.
> There is an example in the udev documentation about setting a
> specific name for an interface.

Thanks for that.
I'd forgotten about udev;
I guess that probably is the solution to the puzzle.

Timothy Murphy  
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