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Bug#406108: marked as done (Busybox ifconfig should allow setting the MAC address)

Your message dated Tue, 09 Jan 2007 19:32:37 +0100
with message-id <200701091932.38252.elendil@planet.nl>
and subject line Bug#406108: Busybox ifconfig should allow setting the MAC address
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Package: busybox
Version: 1.1.3-3

I recently used the debian-netinst installer with busybox
to rescue a botched system, and I got into trouble since
busybox' ifconfig command would not let me set the
MAC address of my ethernet card.

My cable modem only accepts packets from a certain MAC
address, which I set in /etc/network/interfaces for
the working system:

   ifconfig eth0 hw ether 00:11:22:33:44:55

Also, busybox' ping should be enabled on the debian network
installer, to allow a user to check whether the right
interface is up on a multihomed box.

An account of the whole matter can be found in
the thread started by my mail:



Claus Fischer <claus.fischer@clausfischer.com>

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On Tuesday 09 January 2007 15:49, Claus Fischer wrote:
>    an installer without ping is in some situations almost unusable
>    In fact, a ping of the next router might even be considered
>    standard procedure during network configuration.

Enabling ping in the installer has been discussed before, and I don't 
really see any convincing  new arguments.

Debian Installer is primarily an installation system and not a network 
analysis toolkit. If you want to make use of the network during an 
installation, you should make sure your network is functional _before_ 
you start the installation. For basic diagnosis of connections, wget is 
perfectly usable.

As Miroslav has indicated [1] that 'ip' can be used to set the MAC address 
for a NIC (and I've verified this does indeed work in the installer), and 
as the busybox maintainer has indicated that ifconfig is going to be 
disabled in busybox post-Etch, I see no reason to keep this wishlist bug 
report open.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=406108;msg=27

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