booting from host with multiple network cards

Frédéric Boiteux fboiteux at
Mon Nov 23 10:05:47 CET 2009

Le Sun, 22 Nov 2009 13:38:16 +0100,
Thomas Lange <lange at> a écrit :

> In the past, several people had problems booting a host with multiple
> network cards. IIRC Dell hardware often had this problem.
> In newer versions of live-initramfs a new bootoption is available.
> * bootoption ethdevice: use specified network device for network
> booting (PXE) instead of default (being eth0). Feature contributed by
> Helge Wagner. Usage example: ethdevice=eth1

  Having the same problem on some HP hardware, I've written a small
script added to live-initramfs' init system to check which interface
has a cable plugged, to run ipconfig on this one. I can give it if
someone is interested…


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