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From: Phil Sutter <>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:39:44 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] doc: nft.8: Mention wildcard interface matching

Upstream Status: nftables commit 03d45ad330a25

commit 03d45ad330a25323610648bb05f550e0fb9d65b2
Author: Phil Sutter <>
Date:   Thu Feb 6 12:24:51 2020 +0100

    doc: nft.8: Mention wildcard interface matching

    Special meaning of asterisk in interface names wasn't described

    Signed-off-by: Phil Sutter <>
 doc/primary-expression.txt | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/doc/primary-expression.txt b/doc/primary-expression.txt
index 5473d59..a5cab9d 100644
--- a/doc/primary-expression.txt
+++ b/doc/primary-expression.txt
@@ -36,6 +36,13 @@ add such a rule, it will stop matching if the interface gets renamed and it
 will match again in case interface gets deleted and later a new interface
 with the same name is created.
+Like with iptables, wildcard matching on interface name prefixes is available for
+*iifname* and *oifname* matches by appending an asterisk (*) character. Note
+however that unlike iptables, nftables does not accept interface names
+consisting of the wildcard character only - users are supposed to just skip
+those always matching expressions. In order to match on literal asterisk
+character, one may escape it using backslash (\).
 .Meta expression types