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Re: drop net-tools from %base-packages?

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: drop net-tools from %base-packages?
Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:33:25 +0100
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Hello Simon!

Simon Josefsson <address@hidden> skribis:

> I'm not sure how to best find out what tools are actually used by Guix,
> but on my system the following tools appear to be installed:
> root@hamster ~# ls -la /run/current-system/profile/*bin/|grep net-tool|awk '{ 
> print $9 }'
> netstat
> route
> arp
> ipmaddr
> iptunnel
> mii-tool
> nameif
> plipconfig
> rarp
> slattach
> root@hamster ~# 
> Is anything else from net-tools used?
> Most of the tools are esoteric.  I suspect the more well-known tools are
> 'route', 'netstat', 'arp' and 'rarp'.

Of these I use ‘netstat’ regularly, and ‘route’ sometimes.

> My Debian buster laptop has none of the tools above installed.  In fact,
> the net-tools package is not even installed by default.  It seems all
> uses have transitioned over to the modern 'iproute' suite.
> Thus, I suggest Guix drop net-tools from its required tools.  People who
> are nostalgic about the tools can install them separately, just like on
> Debian.

That sounds reasonable to me.

Any objections, people?  If not let’s do that.


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