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Offline ssheikh

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Comments/Description field for interface
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:39:52 pm »
I had mentioned this at the time of 2.1 release as a wish list item and I guess I should have mentioned it here sooner.

It would be helpful to have a free form text field that allows all characters including spaces in the settings of the Interface. I think this should be the Description field. What is called the Description right now is really the Name or Alias of the interface.

I like to put in information like where the physical interface is plugged into on the switches. Or what the ISP support information/numbers and account numbers are for the public side interfaces. If VIPs, Aliases, and practically everything else has a description field for it, then why not the interface as well.


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Re: Comments/Description field for interface
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2015, 02:11:52 am »
The current "description" is really an alternate "name" for the interface, as the GUI says:
Enter a description (name) for the interface here.
I guess there is old history in it being called "description" and that the underlying config field is like:
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<descr><![CDATA[WiMax]]></descr>The <descr> field is displayed in place of the fixed "wan", "lan", "opt1" ... names when shown to the user on the GUI.
As you sugest, it would be nice to have an ordinary "real" description field also. That field could be named <description> like in many other places.
Then there is the question whether it is worth doing a huge cut-paste to change the <descr> field name to something else.
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Re: Comments/Description field for interface
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2015, 03:05:23 am »
Maybe a text field called Notes or Comments would help avoid confusion in the XML backups?

Would be useful though so +1.
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