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Bug#611250: please support network bonding

Martin Zobel-Helas <zobel@debian.org> writes:

> On Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 13:19:49 +0100, Ferenc Wagner wrote:
>> Martin Zobel-Helas <zobel@debian.org> writes:
>>> it would be nice if the debian-installer could support network bonding
>>> on several interfaces.
>> Why do you think it's worth the effort?  Installation isn't performance
>> critical, nor does it require high availability.  And you can easily
>> configure bonding after installation.  So I'm not sure it's worth the
>> added complexity.  (I'm saying this although I routinely write out
>> bonding-enabled /etc/network/interfaces from a finish.d script... :)
> I installed Debian quite often recently in an existing environment, and
> actually, using balancing mode, you everytime need to reconfigure the
> switch to not route every second package to the interface not being
> available in the installer. That is kind of boring, and my idea is,
> Debian could do better.

Fascinating.  Why is the other interface up at all?  Or does the switch
simply not care?

Anyway, I'm certainly not against this, but d-i has traditionally been
rather wary about growing new features.  That said, bonding doesn't
require extra utilities (being fully configurable through sysfs), so
this probably isn't a serious issue.

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