Re: net-tools future
On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 01:08:04PM +0100, Bjørn Mork wrote:
> Martín Ferrari <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > Problematic tools:
> > * mii-tool: it could be dropped and replaced by a pointer to ethtool as
> > it's not meant to be used automatically by scripts. On the other hand,
> > it's distributed as a stand-alone tool  and we could do the same.
> A couple of notes:
> mii-tool and ethtool use different driver interfaces which I'm pretty
> sure aren't completely overlapping for all drivers in the kernel
> mii-tool may not be meant for scripts, but I for one have used it in
> the past to force speed/duplex like this:
> iface eth1 inet static
> address 10.122.226.9
> netmask 255.255.255.192
> up /sbin/mii-tool -F 100baseTx-FD eth1
> I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one...
You can do this with ethtool now, and more cleanly:
> I fail to see the value of removing mii-tool. I'd rather see just the
> non-working features removed in favour of an ethtool recommendation.
It doesn't recognise 1G and 10G links, so its speed reporting is broken.
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