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Re: ifconfig: command not found

From: Guillem Jover
Subject: Re: ifconfig: command not found
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 12:54:15 +0200

On Sat, 2020-07-25 at 10:09:24 -0400, Jeffrey Walton wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 9:45 AM Samuel Thibault <samuel.thibault@gnu.org> 
> wrote:
> >
> > Samuel Thibault, le sam. 25 juil. 2020 15:40:28 +0200, a ecrit:
> > > Also, distributions often have their own way of doing various things, so
> > > better follow their own documentation, for instance
> > > https://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-install
> > > for Debian GNU/Hurd.
> >
> > Meaning: the information about ifconfig is there for Debian GNU/Hurd
> > systems.

> That page is absolute bullshit. Who the hell names ifcofig something
> else (except Debian HURD). Would the genius who made that decision
> like to step forward and claim their Darwin award?

Oh, I did that:

inetutils (2:1.4.2+20040207-1) unstable; urgency=low
  * Fix the ifconfig mess: (Closes: #219280, #219904, #222348)
    - debian/rules: Renamed the ifconfig binary to not collide with net-tool's
      ifconfig. [guillem]
    - debian/control (inetutils-tools): Temporarily disable net-tools Provides,
      untill we have a working ifconfig/route. [rmh]
      Change the package description to note that it is an experimental
      package. [guillem]
 -- Guillem Jover <guillem@debian.org>  Tue, 10 Feb 2004 03:32:03 +0100

I'll kindly decline any undeserved award though, thanks.

This is also not Hurd specific, and is described clearly in the
package description.

> Stop wasting user's time and your time. I think HURD's standard ISO
> should include https://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-install, and
> create a soft link from inetutils-ifconfig to ifconfig.

Once the inetutils upstream code can provide all the required
functionality, I'll be happy to revisit this decision, but certainly
not before.


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