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bug#21019: ifconfig doesn't allow mac change for devices

From: Alex Kost
Subject: bug#21019: ifconfig doesn't allow mac change for devices
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:58:13 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)

address@hidden address@hidden (2015-07-09 21:16 +0300) wrote:

> Hello, I am trying to install guixsd with the installation image, my wireless
> internet provider allows me for only one MAC. The command I use to change the
> card mac on other distros and installation images is:
> ifconfig device hw ether NewMacAdress
> But with guixsd ifconfig fails telling me that the device can have only one
> address. Interesting to notice that I can put whatever device, even non 
> existent
> names like "jlakjdj" and it tells the same thing, the device can only have on
> adress. I have an Atheros card.

As I answered on IRC <https://gnunet.org/bot/log/guix/2015-07-09#T695806>,
my speculative guess is that perhaps ifconfig is patched on other
distros to handle this problem.

Did you try "ip link set <device> address <address>"?


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