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Bug#406114: having a tool like ping

On 20.06.2012 14:15, Philipp Kern wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 09, 2007 at 11:03:56PM +0100, Geert Stappers wrote:
>> # Op 09-01-2007 om 19:09 schreef Frans Pop:
>> # > close 406114 
>> # > thanks
>> # > 
>> # > > Bug#406114: Installer netinst needs ping and better ifconfig
>> # > > Bug reopened, originator not changed.
>> # > 
>> # > There is absolutely no reason why this BR should remain open! As I said, 
>> # > it's a duplicate and has absolutely no value by itself.
>> # 
>> # Value in this bugreport is how to use wget as ping replacement
>> # also is explained why ping is not in d-i
> Interestingly enough Ubuntu does ship a tiny ping in d-i which can tell you if
> $IP is alive or not. It would be very helpful to have. I cannot use wget to
> test if my gateway is reachable or not. And quite often (especially as d-i
> cannot cope sanely with /32 netmasks) I do need to ensure exactly that for the
> installer environment. A live CD wouldn't help.

Well, enabling ping applet in busybox costs just about 600 bytes on i386:

$ size busybox+*
   text	   data	    bss	    dec	    hex	filename
 312015	   1638	   8712	 322365	  4eb3d	busybox+
 312628	   1638	   8712	 322978	  4eda2	busybox+ping

it is really trivial to enable ping applet in busybox and close this
bugreport for good.

I disagree that this bug is a duplicate of #406108.  One thing is to
have more featureful ifconfig, another is to have tiny debgging option
right away, without a need to reboot, find a rescue/debug environment
and reboot again.

Maybe it's a good idea to reassign it to busybox-udeb and fix it there
finally, for good?



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