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bug#21019: ifconfig doesn't allow mac change for devices

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: bug#21019: ifconfig doesn't allow mac change for devices
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:30:28 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)

[+ Cc: bug-inetutils]

Alex Kost <address@hidden> skribis:

> address@hidden address@hidden (2015-07-09 21:16 +0300) wrote:
>> Hello, I am trying to install guixsd with the installation image, my wireless
>> internet provider allows me for only one MAC. The command I use to change the
>> card mac on other distros and installation images is:
>> ifconfig device hw ether NewMacAdress
>> But with guixsd ifconfig fails telling me that the device can have only one
>> address. Interesting to notice that I can put whatever device, even non 
>> existent
>> names like "jlakjdj" and it tells the same thing, the device can only have on
>> adress. I have an Atheros card.
> As I answered on IRC <https://gnunet.org/bot/log/guix/2015-07-09#T695806>,
> my speculative guess is that perhaps ifconfig is patched on other
> distros to handle this problem.

I think most other distros use ‘ifconfig’ from net-tools, not from
GNU inetutils.  If think this is just unimplemented.

Can someone at bug-inetutils comment?

> Did you try "ip link set <device> address <address>"?

This is in the ‘iproute2’ package.  Should we add it to the installation


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