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Re: /etc/network/interfaces & point-to-point ethernet & broadcast address

On Wed, Feb 12, 2003 at 08:49:20AM -0500, Michael Stone wrote:
> Sure, without the documentation you can pretty much figure out how to
> do what you can already do with ifconfig or route. Which begs the
> question of why you would go to all that trouble, since you can already
> use ifconfig and route. Especially since using ip makes linux
> gratutiously unfamiliar to the legions of users of other unices that
> have been happily using ifconfig and route to do the same things for
> years.

Because ip has support for more features then route/ifconfig?


- add/remove addresses from network devices with resorting to creating
  lots of different aliases.
- ability to set/view prefered IP address on outgoing connections in
  routing table.
- IPv6 support.
- probably others that I have missed.

Maybe these features don't mean a lot to many users, eg. typical
desktop users.

However they should be forced to convert, too <grin/>.

More seriously, if somebody wrote set of wrapper scripts, this may not
be required.
Brian May <bam@debian.org>

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