nameif — NAME the network InterFaces based on MAC addresses.
nameif is used to name the network interfaces based on MAC addresses. It is useful, when you have more then one network interfaces/ cards and you want to specify the name (eth0,..) for each interfaces.
# nameif -- Read the config info from /etc/mactab file. # nameif -s -- Same as above. But error messages goto the syslog. # nameif -s eth0 00:0D:87:77:74:5C -- Name the card with specifiedMAC as eth0 and error goto syslog.
1. Nameif should be run before the interface is up, otherwise it’ll fail.
2. Format of the /etc/mactab file:-
Read: man nameif