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Re: network configuration

Samuel Tardieu writes ("Re: network configuration"):
>| IMHO no end user should fiddle around with /etc/rc*. Why is there no
>| /etc/network.conf or similar.
>An "end user" will not change the configuration himself, the system
>administrator will, and I think he can fiddle with this file.

Well, the issue I have is that I tend to move machines around my
network alot (since I tend to 'clone' exisiting machines instead of
raw installs), and changing the network identity of a machine is
unneccesarily complicated, since I need to change:

1. /etc/hostname to change the host name
2. /etc/hosts to add the host name
3. /etc/networks to change the network
4. /etc/init.d/network to change one line for each of the net
   settings, even though most of this data is redundant.

In contrast, on most of my non-linux boxes, I just edit /etc/sys_id
and make sure the host is in /etc/hosts.  

(Not that I am complaining that much, the debian network config is
infinitely cleaner than redhat's)

Richard W Kaszeta 			Graduate Student/Sysadmin
bofh@me.umn.edu				University of MN, ME Dept

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