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Re: [opensuse] ipconfrig--where?
  • From: G T Smith <grahamsmith@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 09:49:20 +0100
  • Message-id: <4AC5BE90.4070001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Adam Tauno Williams wrote:

Do not script around ifconfig. It has been deprecated - right there in
the man page - for almost a decade. In fact, don't script around any
utilities at all.

The real problem is something often termed the "QWERTY" effect (after
the keyboard layout that was specifically designed to slow keyboard
input down because the original mechanical typewriter kept jamming
because the operators typed too fast for the mechanism).

Something is not adopted (even though it may be better), because the
cost of changing to it outweighs the perceived benefits of the change.
There is fairly large amount of training material, old scripts etc which
would need to modified to remove ifconfig and replace with the ip
equivalents and many do not see the point or are unwilling to make the
effort to make the changes... (this does not just apply in this case,
e.g. there is still a large amount of old Cobol out there still being
used for similar reasons).

Simplest solution would probably be for someone offer as a project to
some masochistic trainee programmer or undergrad the task of writing a
script to map between ifconfig and ip. (If nothing else they would learn
an awful lot about *NIX networking :-) ).

While ip remains poorly documented, and ifconfig is well known the
number of things that depend on the latter will tend to increase.


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