Subject: Re: let's get small
To: David Young <email@example.com>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/26/2007 17:47:01
On Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:03:00 -0600
David Young <email@example.com> wrote:
> Do you have any ideas what can be done to these huge programs in the
> base system to make them small yet reasonably effective on an
> IPv4/IPv6 router/bridge?
> * wpa_supplicant
> * hostapd
> * dig / host
> * dhclient
> * dhcpd
> * netstat
> * pfctl
> * tcpdump
Which should be in pkgsrc instead? (I'd ask "which should be in an
optional syspkg instead, but that would open a different thread...)
My candidates would include hostapd, dhcpd, and tcpdump. I might
include dig, but I think it's part of bind and hence harder to move.
OTOH, maybe we shouldn't have any of bind in the base system. Besides,
it's such a generally useful debuggin tool.
My rationale for these choices: they're specialized applications needed
by only a few hosts.
I'm surprised there's no simpler dhclient in pkgsrc.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb