>> [... location of network interface specification ...]
> As we're on that, can anyone defend this way of doing things? IP
> address. If you want to change the hostname you simply change
> /etc/hostname.le0. If you want to change the IP address, you simply
> change /etc/hosts.
The problem is, in these days of classless networks, there is other
information which tends to be required. Network size, gateway
locations and broadcast addresses aren't usually
automatically-determinable, so you have to store them somewhere.
For what it's worth, I think Debian's solution is pretty elegant;
details of network interfaces are stored in /etc/network/interfaces
(which is parsed and implemented at boot-time by
/etc/init.d/networking, and can be used thereafter by ifup/ifdown).
iface lo inet loopback
# DMZ ethernet
iface eth0 inet static
# Internal ethernet 1 (DHCP)
iface eth1 inet dhcp
# Internal ethernet 2
iface eth2 inet static
... at boot time, the loopback interface, and eth0 would be set up
automatically, and eth1 would get its address from DHCP. eth2 would
not be automatically started (no "auto eth2" line), but could be
brought up later using "ifup eth2".
Very neat system, in my opinion.
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