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Re: Bug#677230: ITP: adhcp -- DHCP implementation in Ada

On Tue, 2012-06-12 at 15:59 +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 04:33:00PM +0200, Adrian-Ken Rueegsegger wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >On 06/12/2012 03:45 PM, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> >> 
> >> One question: why?
> >
> >Is the question about why ADHCP in general or why ADHCP in Debian?
> >
> >If it is the former: the initial motivation for the development of ADHCP
> >was the need for a simple and robust implementation of the DHCP protocol.
> Fair enough.
> >If it is the latter: I believe having a simple and robust DHCP
> >implementation would be beneficial for the Debian project in general.
> How does Debian gain by including yet another implementation of a
> common low-level system networking tool, written in a rarely-used (in
> Debian) language? In fact, a tool that (according to your own upstream
> web page at http://www.codelabs.ch/adhcp/) hasn't even been formally
> released yet.
> Apart from not being written in your language of choice, is there
> anything wrong with the existing implementations that would cause a
> Debian user to want to switch?

dhclient could do with some good competition; it's slow to recover from
a link drop (or suspend/resume) and its configuration format is not very
user-friendly.  But it does seem premature to include ADHCP.


Ben Hutchings
Computers are not intelligent.	They only think they are.

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