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/etc/init.d/network - route commands

This is of low/no importance; just an idea.

I've seen a lot of email from people wondering about the error messages
caused by the "route add -net" statements in /etc/init.d/network after
moving to a 2.2 kernel.  I was bit by the reverse of this the other day;
we upgraded a server from 2.0.36 to 2.2.9, and I commented out the
"route add -net" statements.  However, there was an error in the new
kernel and we had to revert to 2.0.36.  Guess what?  Networking was
really broken on reboot :)

Here's how I fixed it - very low tech, but it might help newbies which
is why I'm posting it here in hopes that someone might incorporate these
ideas into Debian's /etc/init.d/network (which package owns this file,

At the beginning of the file I added this statement:

  release=`uname -r`; major_release=${release%.*}

and I encapsulate the "route add -net" statements with an if:

  if [ "$major_release" != "2.2" ]; then
          route add -net

Note that this solution ignores 2.1.x kernels; I'm not sure if that's
important now that 2.2 is out.  In my case, it's not important.
However, I suppose you could do something like this:

  release=`uname -r`
  if [ "$major_release" = "2.2" ]; then
  elif [ "$major_release" = "2.1" ] && [ $minor_release -gt 89 ]; then
          # 89 is probably wrong; substitute the correct minor version

  if [ -z $nonetroutes ]; then
        # route add -net statement

This is not intended to be an example of elegant scripting; I'm no
expert :)

Nathan Norman
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