Re: ifupdown-bonding package
On Tue, Oct 18, 2005, Jerome Martin wrote:
> However, I am seeking advice on how to do it / which list to post on /
> which people to contact in order not to mess up with somebody's else's
> work (i.e. vlan package also contain ifupdown hooks, however not
> directly supporting bondX.Y notation in interfaces).
Documentation on joining the project or helping the project is
I think it should answer your technical questions, and clear up
anything regarding current procedures.
> Please find below the short README I wrote (no manpage yet ... will make
> one if this is of interest).
Since I use vlan over bonding and had some trouble myself, I read the
README as a whole and added comments below. In general, I think your
approach is oriented in "let's document how to workaround bugs and make
it work", while a better approach might be "let's understand and fix
each bug to let that work flawlessly".
> ifupdown-bonding README
> This is version 0.1 of the package, as of 10/17/2005.
> This package contains hooks for ifupdown in order to add bonding and
> VLAN for bonding syntax to /etc/network/interfaces.
In general, packages don't hold very small things, especially they
don't hold a couple of scripts and documentation to enhance another
package; instead, you can file a request against the package you
enhance (in this case it could be "ifupdown" or "vlan") to include your
documentation and scripts. Also, package version and latest date is
already encoded in the changelog of the package, and duplicating it
means more work. :)
> [ long list of should and shouldn't ]
=> IMO, it's too heavy to list everything you should and shouldn't do.
Just give a working example people should follow, if they don't, it
> - If you want to override default values passed to the bonding modules
> without specifying those
> values in all your interface definitions, use the /etc/network/options
That file is deprecated in recent netbase packages.
> [ snip long example of a sample bond device ]
> iface bond0 inet manual
> slaves eth1 eth2
Good. Would be nice to include in the interfaces manual page, or along
the ifenslave packages.
> auto bond0.50
> iface bond0.50 inet static
> auto bond0.60
> iface bond0.60 inet static
Completely natural examples, that are specific to using bonding + vlan,
I'd ship these in the same documentation.
I'd add to this that currently one needs to "configure" the
/etc/network/if-pre-up.d/vlan script to accept setting vlans on bonding
interfaces by changing "eth*.*" in "eth*.*|bond*.*".
I'm personally using my vlaned-bonding-interfaces in bridges, and use
the following stanza to bring the interface up:
iface bond1.40 inet manual
up ifconfig $IFACE up
down ifconfig $IFACE down
My feeling is that the current ifenslave packages "feel" like Debian
already, but do not offer advanced options, and the vlan packages
doesn't feel like Debian and tried encoding information in the
interface name instead of defining it's keywords as other packages do.
Thanks for your documentation effort, I hope you'll try to fix the vlan
package to be more usable on top of bonding.
Loïc Minier <firstname.lastname@example.org>