Predictable network interface naming changed in SLES 15 SP3 for certain devices

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Service Pack 3 (SLES 15 SP3)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 Service Pack 4 (SLES 15 SP4)


On SLES servers booted with net.ifnames=1 to activate predictable network interface naming with systemd/udev NamePolicy, the interfaces of certain network devices get named differently after upgrading from SLES 15 SP2 (or earlier) to SLES 15 SP3 or later.


Swap the order of slot and path in NamePolicy in /etc/systemd/network/ to
NamePolicy=keep kernel database onboard path slot

Rebuild the initrd with
# /usr/bin/dracut --logfile /var/log/YaST2/mkinitrd.log --force
and reboot the system.

Relevant output of udevadm info -e for the device mentioned in the cause section should now look like this :
P: /devices/pci0000:85/0000:85:02.0/0000:86:00.0/net/enp134s0f0
E: DEVPATH=/devices/pci0000:85/0000:85:02.0/0000:86:00.0/net/enp134s0f0
E: INTERFACE=enp134s0f0
E: ID_NET_NAME_PATH=enp134s0f0
E: ID_NET_LINK_FILE=/etc/systemd/network/

The policies are outlined in:  man

For some systems the additional step of removing the 70-persistent-net.rules found at /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules is needed to unlock predictable network interface names.


In the observed case on SLES 15 SP3, the cause is that some Intel SR-IOV physical and virtual function interfaces exposed the ID_NET_NAME_SLOT property, which had not been exposed previously.

Considering the default policy in /usr/lib/systemd/network/ :
NamePolicy=keep kernel database onboard slot path

interfaces that were earlier named based on ID_NET_NAME_PATH now get named based on ID_NET_NAME_SLOT if this property has not been exposed in earlier SLES versions.

The command "udevadm info -e" will expose the available properties for the devices.
Relevant lines from the output for an example device :
P: /devices/pci0000:85/0000:85:02.0/0000:86:00.0/net/ens7f0
E: DEVPATH=/devices/pci0000:85/0000:85:02.0/0000:86:00.0/net/ens7f0
E: ID_NET_NAME_PATH=enp134s0f0
E: ID_MODEL_FROM_DATABASE=Ethernet Controller XXV710 for 25GbE SFP28 (Ethernet 25G 2P XXV710 Adapter)
E: ID_PATH=pci-0000:86:00.0
E: ID_NET_LINK_FILE=/etc/systemd/network/



Reported to Engineering


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  • Document ID:000020541
  • Creation Date: 07-Jul-2022
  • Modified Date:07-Jul-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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