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Re: net-tools future

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 01:08:04PM +0100, Bjørn Mork wrote:
> Martín Ferrari <tincho@debian.org> writes:
> > Problematic tools:
> >  * mii-tool: it could be dropped and replaced by a pointer to ethtool as
> > it's not meant to be used automatically by scripts. On the other hand,
> > it's distributed as a stand-alone tool [0] and we could do the same.
> A couple of notes:
>  mii-tool and ethtool use different driver interfaces which I'm pretty
>  sure aren't completely overlapping for all drivers in the kernel
>  mii-tool may not be meant for scripts, but I for one have used it in
>  the past to force speed/duplex like this:
>     iface eth1 inet static
>          address
>          netmask
>          up /sbin/mii-tool -F 100baseTx-FD eth1
>  I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one...

You can do this with ethtool now, and more cleanly:

	link-speed 100
	link-duplex full

>  I fail to see the value of removing mii-tool.  I'd rather see just the
>  non-working features removed in favour of an ethtool recommendation.
It doesn't recognise 1G and 10G links, so its speed reporting is broken.


Ben Hutchings
Humans are not rational beings; they are rationalising beings.

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