Suggestions for refactoring the network scripts

William Immendorf will.immendorf at
Thu Jul 14 21:29:30 PDT 2011

A year or so ago, I was working on getting Gnome-system-tools to
support BLFS (
While I was doing that, I ran into roadblocks when trying to implement
the network functions. They were:

* The configuration files. Instead of a single file, there were
multiple files for each service, and what service runs is controlled
by the ONBOOT variable (which is normally supposed to control whenever
to initialize the device or not), and this made it a mess to implement
in the backends.
* The fact that both DHCPCD and dhclient had very similar
comfiguration files, which made it hard to implement DHCP support in
the backends.

Dissecting the scripts further yielded more problems:

* Absolutely no Wifi support in the network scripts. This is a real
problem for people who use a laptop (like me), and who don't want to
lug around a ethernet cable every time they want the internet. You
can't set the SSID of a network on boot, and those who want to connect
to a secure network are left out.
* Zilch IPv6 support. There really aren't many address to go around,
and a lack of support for IPv6 worries me.

And since we are doing major changes to the bootscripts, I suggest
that we fix the above mentioned issues.

We should start with only using one configuration file per interface,
using SERVICE to set which program to use for setting up the network.
If you have any questions, I am open to replies.

William Immendorf
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