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8.9. biosdevname

Updated biosdevname packages that fix several bugs and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The biosdevname packages contain a udev helper utility which provides an optional convention for naming network interfaces; it assigns names to network interfaces based on their physical location. The utility is disabled by default, except for on a limited set of Dell PowerEdge, C Series and Precision Workstation systems.


The biosdevname packages have been upgraded to upstream version 0.5.0, which provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous version. (BZ#947841)

Bug Fix

Previously, the addslot() function returned the same "dev->index_in_slot" value for two or more interfaces. As a consequence, more than one network interfaces could be named "renameN". This update restores the logic used to obtain a port number that existed in biosdevname version 0.3.11 and, as a result, all interfaces are named as expected.
Users of biosdevname are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs and add these enhancements.