On Fri, 2009-01-02 at 13:02 -0800, Russ Allbery wrote: > Steve Langasek <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > > On Fri, Jan 02, 2009 at 10:29:26AM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote: > > >> I think installing tcpdump is sufficient; adding ethtool on top of it > >> seems like overkill to me. > > > ethtool doesn't seem particularly related to tcpdump? > > Oh, sorry, I confused it with a different program. Hm, ethtool I'd put > into the borderline category -- one argument in its favor is that you may > need it in order to fix your networking so that you can get somewhere to > install more packages. [...] ethtool is also part of a standard RHEL or SLE installation. It is important for network diagnostics and performance tuning, and occasionally for working around driver/hardware bugs. For these reasons I recently requested that ethtool be made standard. (For historical reasons it used to be extra; it has now been upgraded to optional.) Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Lowery's Law: If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.
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