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NAME

       dev_alloc_name - allocate a name for a device

SYNOPSIS

       int dev_alloc_name  (struct net_device * dev, const char * name);

ARGUMENTS

       dev    device

       name   name format string

DESCRIPTION

       Passed a format string - eg ‘‘ltd’’ it will try and find a suitable id.
       Not efficient for many devices, not called a lot. The caller must  hold
       the  dev_base  or  rtnl  lock  while allocating the name and adding the
       device in order to avoid duplicates. Returns the  number  of  the  unit
       assigned or a negative errno code.