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Re: Bug#312669: /sbin/ifconfig: Add ifconfig to user path

Hasso Tepper <hasso@linux.ee> writes:

> Wouter Verhelst wrote:
>> On Fri, Jun 10, 2005 at 01:24:43PM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
>> > And anyway ifconfig is deprecated, 
>> While I don't have a very strong opinion on this matter either way, I
>> feel I should point out that
>> a) ifconfig is an application that exists not only on Linux, but on many
>>    other (free or non-free) unices as well; it would be fair to say
>>    that it's a good thing to keep it so that people with past
>>    experiences on these operating systems will have a more easy time
>>    getting to know the system.
>> b) The mere fact that there is something newer which performs the same
>>    function does in no way imply that the older implementation is
>>    "deprecated". This is true for many things -- kernels, network
>>    configuration software, /dev implementations.
> Although I agree at least with a), ifconfig is just unmaintained and broken
> in many ways. You haven't be able to get even accurate info about interfaces
> with netkit ifconfig (like several ip addresses on interface etc.). I call
> this situation dangerous.

On the other hand ip is so badly (non)documented that is is unusable
to the novice.

Ifconfig is the simple tool, ip the power tool. Everyone prefers
something else.

> -- 
> Hasso Tepper


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