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dev_alloc_name - allocate a name for a device
int dev_alloc_name (struct net_device * dev, const char * name);
name name format string
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.