For network boot we once used to hardcode eth0, but in latest changes
this was changed to work with different network devices and the 'ifup
eth0' was replaced with 'ifup -a' which lead to the result that we now
detect all devices in order to eventually also bring up USB network
adapters. In most of the cases this is not desired. When a board has
internal network support this is likely to be used. With this patch
we only detect all devices when we do not have a network device already.
For the unusual case in which a USB network adapter shall be used
even when an internal network interface is present we introduce the
global variable "" which can be used to
force detection of devices.

Signed-off-by: Sascha Hauer <>
 net/ifup.c | 21 ++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 20 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/ifup.c b/net/ifup.c
index 827c5c03d1..d550f82530 100644
--- a/net/ifup.c
+++ b/net/ifup.c
@@ -28,6 +28,9 @@
 #include <globalvar.h>
 #include <string.h>
 #include <driver.h>
+#include <init.h>
+#include <globalvar.h>
+#include <magicvar.h>
 #include <linux/stat.h>
 static int eth_discover(char *file)
@@ -245,6 +248,8 @@ int ifup(const char *ethname, unsigned flags)
        return ifup_edev(edev, flags);
+static int net_ifup_force_detect;
 int ifup_all(unsigned flags)
        struct eth_device *edev;
@@ -266,7 +271,9 @@ int ifup_all(unsigned flags)
-       device_detect_all();
+       if ((flags & IFUP_FLAG_FORCE) || net_ifup_force_detect ||
+           list_empty(&netdev_list))
+               device_detect_all();
                ifup_edev(edev, flags);
@@ -274,6 +281,18 @@ int ifup_all(unsigned flags)
        return 0;
+static int ifup_all_init(void)
+       globalvar_add_simple_bool("net.ifup_force_detect", 
+       return 0;
+             ,
+                       "net: force detection of devices on ifup -a");
 static int do_ifup(int argc, char *argv[])

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