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Re: whereami and testmii

[I'm CC'ing John as I don't know if he's subscribed]

On Fri, Aug 19, 2005 at 12:04:09PM -0500, John Fettig wrote:
> I wanted to call your attention to what I think is a bug in testmii or maybe
> whereami, as it exists in the Ubuntu package 0.3.18.  I have documented it
> partially at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=309224#post309224

The maintainer for the Debian package 'whereami' is Andrew McMillan
(debian@mcmillan.net.nz). The bugzilla page for his package is located at

> Basically, if the interface is not up when testmii is run, it will fail
> regardless of the link status.  So I put a check in to make sure the
> interfaces is up.  You'll notice a sleep 10 in there.  That's because
> ifconfig returns before the interface is actually ready to be tested.  5 was
> too short -- testmii will work after 5 but testarp won't.  Didn't test to
> find the absolute shortest time.  It would be nice if there was some way to
> force ifconfig to wait until the interface is usable before returning.

This list helps support users of Debian on laptops. We don't maintain the
package you're referring to, but we can point you in the right direction (see

> I realize this is a Debian list, but the package info for whereami suggests
> writing this list, so here I am ;)  I have a strong suspicion that this
> problem exists in the debian package as well.

Thanks for taking the time to report the bug -- please consider going one step
further and using Debian's bugzilla to report it. Actually, if you're *not*
sure that the problem occurs in Debian's package (which I infer from your last
paragraph), please consider filing a bug with Ubuntu's bugtracker
(bugzilla.ubuntu.com). There don't appear to be any bugs filed against
Ubuntu's whereami package yet...if it's apparent that Ubuntu hasn't introduced
the bug into the package, Debian can begin fixing it.



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