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Re: [vox-tech] FireWire and Ethernet Confusion on Debian
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Re: [vox-tech] FireWire and Ethernet Confusion on Debian

On my gentoo box I have a file "/etc/hotplug/blacklist". Kernel modules in there are not loaded when hotplug runs. If I had your problem, I would put "eth1394" in that file.


Marc Elliot Hall wrote:
My little mini-ITX Via-based Debian box is giving me spasms today. It
seems that, on bootup, *sometimes* it finds an IEEE-1394 (AKA FireWire)
port before the RJ45 (AKA Ethernet) connector. Networking is provided by
Via Rhine II (in case there's a driver issue I don't know about).
I'll spare you the gory details about dmesg | grep eth and so forth ;-)

This would be no big deal, except Debian wants to call the FireWire port ETH0 and assign it an IP address. Okay, I can work around that by assigning the Ethernet jack ETH1 and giving it a different address using ifdown, ifup, ifconfig, etc. This is a pain, particularly if I do an unattended reboot and can't SSH in.
To make matters more confused, at other boot times, Debian ignores the FireWire port and gives the network jack ETH0 and an IP.
Now, I'm not particularly well-versed in Debian's boot process; but I
*thought* that having an entry like this:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
dns-search hallmarc.net
name Ethernet LAN card

in /etc/network/interfaces should make the appropriate startup scripts
find the network jack and assign it correctly. Obviously, I'm missing
What else, and where, should I have configured to make Debian stop
trying to run Ethernet-over-FireWire?

This guy: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/history/354537
had the same issue as I've got, and ended up with the same short-term
fix I discovered, but nothing permanent.

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