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Bug 74705 - neat does not warn about makeing a main device to an alias one
Summary: neat does not warn about makeing a main device to an alias one
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-config-network
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Harald Hoyer
QA Contact:
Depends On:
Blocks: 81720
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-10-01 01:24 UTC by Ali-Reza Anghaie
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-08-11 14:08:08 UTC

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Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2003:183 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Updated redhat-config-network package available 2003-08-11 04:00:00 UTC

Description Ali-Reza Anghaie 2002-10-01 01:24:10 UTC
Description of Problem: 
Neat seems to allow you to specify how many device aliases you want. Then it 
creates the eth#:# files with the exact same settings as the original 
interface. A) I can't see where to get at changes those alias parms unless I 
edit the file by hand (which is fine). B) It fails to initialize the device it 
made itself (no surprise as it's a dupe IP). 
The thing that really gets me is if I fix the alias in the file. And I launch 
'neat' again. I don't change anything, don't hit 'apply', nothing. 
But when I exit it re-botches the device alias but doesn't touch the main 
config. Not only that but if I just look if it still realizes there is an 
alias, it doesn't. 
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): 
How Reproducible: 
Steps to Reproduce: 
1. Launch 'neat' and add a device alias. Increment to one. 
2. Assuming you're ethernet you'll not have a eth0:1 in your 
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts directory. That will have the exact IP 
information of the main interface (not good). 
3. Apply. 
4. Edit the eth0:1 file by hand to fix the alias. 
5. Re-launch 'neat' and do nothing but exit. Or perhaps look and notice it 
doesn't have a record of the device alias anymore. Then exit. 
6. Look at /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts. 'neat' changes the eth0:1 file for 
no reason, back to the broken one. 
Actual Results: 
Neat improperly sets the device alias. (Again, I didn't see how to specify it 
in the interface but at the very least it should ~not~ let the alias be the 
same IP as the main interface.) 
And if you fix the file, re-launch neat, and do ~nothing~. Just exit (no 
apply, nothing). It still overwrites the device alias with the broken one from 
Expected Results: 
I'd like it to be able to configure the alias (if I missed it, I apologize). 
It should not allow an alias to share the IP of the main interface it's being 
aliased for (or any other interface on that system). 
It should not change ~anything~ just by running. There should be an 'apply' or 
something. Something should've have changed. 
Additional Information: 
The profile feature in neat is, well... neat. Thanks! 
Cheers, -Ali

Comment 1 Ali-Reza Anghaie 2002-10-01 01:45:18 UTC
Ok, I guess I'm an idiot. Somebody showed me if you add an new interface with 
exist hardware it creates the alias. And that way WORKS all fine and dandy. 
But I think you should remove the 'device aliases' bit when editing the 
existing interface or make that point you to adding a new device. 
See what I mean? And the fact it'd manipulate those settings and create the 
alias file w/o the new interface is still odd/broken. So a lot of the above is 
still concerning I believe. 
Cheers, -Ali

Comment 3 Harald Hoyer 2003-08-11 14:08:08 UTC
An errata has been issued which should help the problem described in this bug report. 
This report is therefore being closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files, please follow the link below. You may reopen 
this bug report if the solution does not work for you.

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