Hiding a network interface.

Mikkel L. Ellertson mikkel at infinity-ltd.com
Thu Feb 14 18:17:11 UTC 2008

Styma, Robert E (Robert) wrote:
> For reasons which are long and complicated, I need
> to hide a NIC interface.  The test machine is a
> box with 2 Nic interfaces on the motherboard and
> a strange PCI card with 2 more interfaces.  They
> appear as eth0, eth1, eth2, and eth3.  I need
> to make eth3 not be there. (Not allowed to use
> a soldering iron :-)  ).
> On Solaris I can use "ifconfig unplumb eth3" and
> the device is gone.  ifconfig no longer shows it.
> Is there a way to do this in Fedora/linux.  I thought
> about modules.conf, but that would get rid of both
> nic interfaces since they use the same driver.
> Thank you for any suggestions.
> Bob Styma
> Phoenix, Az.
> PS:  No, I cannot go get a NIC card with only one
> interface.  I have to do this the way the hardware
> is set up.
I wounder if something like "alias eth3 off" in /etc/modprobe.conf 
would work?


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