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Predictable interface names changed in Qemu VMs #29197

fpletz opened this issue Sep 10, 2017 · 4 comments

Predictable interface names changed in Qemu VMs #29197

fpletz opened this issue Sep 10, 2017 · 4 comments


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@fpletz fpletz commented Sep 10, 2017

On different machines with different Qemu-based virtualizations (libvirt from nixpkgs, $cloudhosters), the network interfaces namens changed from 17.03 to 17.09. Presumably this has to do with a systemd upgrade. It's due to a kernel config change, see #29197 (comment).

For example: enp0s3 becomes ens3.

This breaks existing networking configs and renders the machine unreachable via the network if a static configuration is used or dhcpcd is configured to run on specific interfaces.

This either needs to be fixed before the release (use old naming by patching system or similar) or we need a big fat warning in the release notes.

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@fadenb fadenb commented Sep 10, 2017

Do interface names starting with "enp" still exist with the newer systemd?
If not we could (in addition to the big fat warning) implement an assertion stopping users from bricking their systems (we all know that not every one studies the release notes as carefully as they should ;) )

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@dezgeg dezgeg commented Sep 14, 2017

enp* still exist. I think the change is not in systemd but rather in the kernel / firmware presenting some additional information of the device that systemd now prefers. (Given that hasn't seen any major changes).

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@groxxda groxxda commented Sep 19, 2017

Probably caused by 5ac0026

According to the naming is based on hotplug slot index number.

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@fpletz fpletz commented Sep 28, 2017

It seems only QEMU is affected. The first interface in VirtualBox VMs is still enp0s3.

fpletz added a commit that referenced this issue Sep 28, 2017
Fixes #29197.

(cherry picked from commit 49f175c)
@fpletz fpletz closed this in 49f175c Sep 28, 2017
@fpletz fpletz moved this from Already being worked on to Done in Blocking Issues 17.09 Sep 28, 2017
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