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Re: Override changes standard -> optional

Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña <jfs@debian.org> writes:
> On Fri, Jan 02, 2009 at 01:02:55PM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:

>> Oh, sorry, I confused it with a different program.  Hm, ethtool I'd put
>> into the borderline category -- one argument in its favor is that you
>> may need it in order to fix your networking so that you can get
>> somewhere to install more packages.

> Actually, having installed my share of network systems (both hosts and
> switches) I've found that most issues are related to ethernet
> misconfiguration (forced configuration in switch, auto in network card
> or viceversa) and 'ethtool' would be really useful to debug these
> issues.

Yeah, I usually use mii-tool, but this thread has convinced me.  I agree
that ethtool should be upgraded to standard.

I think there should be a bias towards putting in standard small packages
that are useful for figuring out why the network isn't working or fixing
it.  A point of standard IMO is to be a fairly minimal system that can be
used to bootstrap into whatever you want, which makes debugging tools that
would help resolve problems with network package installations
particularly useful.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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