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Old 07-16-2011, 12:19 AM   #1
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slackware 13.37 problem, udev change network interface randomly, wicd

I use wicd for my slackware 13.37 internet connection. I've read the readme
in slackware's extra/wicd. Actually I don't have problem with wicd.
What I have problem is udev like to change randomly (not always) the network interfaces between wireless and wired interface and it occurs when booting. This becomes nuisance because wicd needs fixed eth number and I have to change the preferences every time this thing just now.
Seems like udev has some mood swing or something. "Oh okay, my user just boot slackware...hmmm today I feel like to change the network interfaces number" or something like "Slackware got booted ,not in the mood to change network interface right now. "

Dmesg snippet:
# dmesg |grep eth
[    8.425123] [Firmware Bug]: ACPI: No _BQC method, cannot determine initial brightness
[    8.963282] r8169 0000:05:00.0: eth1: RTL8168c/8111c at 0xffffc90004c4c000, 00:23:5a:46:17:62, XID 1c4000c0 IRQ 41
[    9.410331] eth0: Broadcom BCM4315 802.11 Hybrid Wireless Controller
[    9.729125] udev[1296]: renamed network interface eth0 to eth0-eth1
[    9.990129] udev[1292]: renamed network interface eth1 to eth2
[   10.033122] udev[1296]: renamed network interface eth0-eth1 to eth1
[   48.466077] eth1: no IPv6 routers present
So how to make network interface number fix and not let udev messing it up?
Old 07-16-2011, 12:25 AM   #2
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I have a broadcom chip too and it does the same thing. Here's the fix taken from the arch linux wiki.

First you have to find out the mac address or HWaddress by running ifconfig and then .....

Users of the broadcom-wl driver may find their ethernet and wifi interfaces swapped. The udev page explains how to solve this. Create a file called /etc/udev/rules.d/10-network.rules and bind the MAC address of each of your cards to a certain interface name:

SUBSYSTEM=="net", ATTR{address}=="aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff", NAME="eth0"
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ATTR{address}=="ff:ee:dd:cc:bb:aa", NAME="eth1"

Ensure that the interface name appears correctly in /etc/rc.conf and other configuration files that refer to it.

hopefully, it works for you too
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:02 AM   #3
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ahh, so broadcom-wl is the culprit? yeah i use broadcom-wl (from broadcom official site) for my wireless driver.
I'll post the update later how the solution works out
Old 07-16-2011, 01:06 AM   #4
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yes, and if you use wicd. You may or may not be able to reconnect to an access point, if your connection drops. If that happens, you have unload and load the wl module. You can put that in the wicd pre-connect scripts directory too. Other than that, it works fine.


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