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Under Debian Wheezy permanent network configuration takes place in /etc/network/interfaces file. Is it possible to configure hwaddress for an interface without configuring other network parameters like address or netmask? Something like:

root@1:~# cat /etc/network/interfaces
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0
hwaddress ether DE:AD:BE:EF:69:01

# The primary network interface
auto eth0.100
iface eth0.100 inet static
        address 10.1.1.2
        netmask 255.255.255.0
        network 10.1.1.0
        broadcast 10.1.1.255
        gateway 10.1.7.1
root@1:~# 
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I was looking for iface eth0 inet manual. This allows configuration like:

root@1:~# cat /etc/network/interfaces
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet manual
        hwaddress ether DE:AD:BE:EF:69:01

# The primary network interface
auto eth0.100
iface eth0.100 inet static
        address 10.1.1.2
        netmask 255.255.255.0
        network 10.1.1.0
        broadcast 10.1.1.255
        gateway 10.1.7.1
root@1:~# 

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