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resetreset 04-01-2010 03:47 AM

Virtual network interfaces.... info please!
 
Hi,
In my Network Configuration (system->administration->network), I see 2 devices BESIDES my eth0 (the network card that I have): virbr0 and pan0. What are these?
More interestingly, ifconfig shows the "virbr0" but not "pan0" - that's only in the GUI.

Can anyone give me the lowdown on this?


Thanks.

catkin 04-01-2010 04:10 AM

PAN = "Personal Area Network", a Bluetooth term.

resetreset 04-02-2010 03:12 AM

Thanks. SO what's "virbr0" then? And why do I have anything to do with Bluetooth in Linux, when I don't have any Bluetooth devices on my system?

catkin 04-02-2010 04:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by resetreset (Post 3921333)
Thanks. SO what's "virbr0" then? And why do I have anything to do with Bluetooth in Linux, when I don't have any Bluetooth devices on my system?

IDK what virbr0 is but would guess it's a virtual bridge.

Many devices exist on the system in case they are needed. Regards PAN, you could plug in a Bluetoooth device any time. It's neater to create them when needed (and that's the way things are going) but simpler to create them anyway. For another example, see all the /dev/tty* files; "they also serve who stand and wait"!.


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