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Bug#554194: ifupdown virtual package name and mass-filing (if accepted)

Package: debian-policy
Severity: wishlist
X-Debbugs-Cc: debian-devel@lists.debian.org, ifupdown@packages.debian.org

Hi all,

As you may or may not know, I've been working on an alternative
implementation of ifup and ifdown, which I call 'ipcfg', for a few
months now[1]. The code is now nearly at the point where I'll be using
it on my own laptop, at which point I intend to upload it to
experimental, too.

Since it intends to be an ifupdown replacement, and indeed provides
ifup and ifdown binaries, it will have to conflict with ifupdown. As a
result, I'll have to make sure that it can be installed as an
alternative to it, by way of a virtual package name.

As such, I'd like to propose the addition of a virtual package name,
"network-config-tool", that would be used for any package which provides
"/sbin/ifup" and "/sbin/ifdown" binaries. If accepted, I will also be
mass-filing wishlist bugs on packages that currently depend on ifupdown
only because they need to be able to use ifup and ifdown, or because
they have a versioned dependency on ifupdown to avoid certain bugs, with
a request to provide a "network-config-tool" alternative.

Thoughts, comments?

[1] The announcement and some more detail can be found at

The biometric identification system at the gates of the CIA headquarters
works because there's a guard with a large gun making sure no one is
trying to fool the system.

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