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Re: ifconfig v2

On Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:41:29 +0200
Jean-Yves Migeon <> wrote:
> I don't think so. Today "ip" is used for just about anything and not 
> just "IP configuration", but also device options and SR-IOV virtual 
> functions. Beware of one size fits all commands, they tend to become 
> ugly as time goes by. IMHO "ip" is a mess nowadays.

that not something that could not be changed. how you style the output can be a
different topic and of course, can be done better than Linux's IP command.
> In the case of "ip addr show", the output is indeed synthetic and 
> convenient, but "ip" syntax is just cumbersome. Please, no, don't turn 
> ifconfig into "ip+iw". I would rather favor an explicit flag to give a 
> more useful output, or have a _careful_ look at what others OS did. Just 
> look at the horrid mess created by "ip" when you configure an IP alias, 
> and then try to manipulate it through ifconfig. And that's one example 
> among many (route/source routing, virtual functions, ...)

??? LOL ... i do not see a problem there as well. of course, on Linux only IP 
be used and ifconfig on Linux is unusable in some cases, but that's not an 
against it.

so i agree on that point that it should be styled better than linux does, but 
on the
other topics i do not see a difference. ifconfig on BSD's are mess nowadays too.

or are you wanting to sell me that FreeBSD's way to configure wlans is cool?

Lars Schotte @ hana.gusto
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