[lfs-dev] inetutils

Armin K. krejzi at email.com
Tue Jan 14 13:52:07 PST 2014

On 14.1.2014 22:28, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Armin K. wrote:
>> On 14.1.2014 22:01, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>>> We removed inetutils from BLFS some time ago.  I have been looking at
>>> the new inetutils for LFS and note that it installs ifconfig if not
>>> disabled (we do disable it).  The other place for ifconfig is net-tools
>>> and that package seems to be unmaintained (We install CVS_20101030 in BLFS).
>>> We can install ifconfig in LFS in inetutils by adding one line:
>>> #define PATH_PROCNET_DEV "/proc/net/dev" to ifconfig/system/linux.c.
>>> I'm inclined to do this because the output format of ifconfig is useful
>>> and it makes the version of ifconfig the maintained instance.
>>> Thoughts?
>> ifconfig is deprecated anyways. I doubt it can be said that it is
>> maintained just because new versions of inetutils are released often
>> than net-tools, especially since inetutils contains more than just ifconfig.
>> net-utils are required for virtuoso in BLFS, but other than that, I see
>> no use for it. ip can already do everything ifconfig does and more.
> Yes, I know it's deprecated, but it is still comfortable for a lot of
> users.  Do you know of any distros without it?

Every distro that I know of still ships net-tools version of it by 
default. Maybe debian offers the inetutils version, but I am not 100% sure.

> This is what I came up with:
> echo '#define PATH_PROCNET_DEV "/proc/net/dev"' >> ifconfig/system/linux.h
> ./configure --prefix=/usr  \
>       --libexecdir=/usr/sbin \
>       --localstatedir=/var   \
>       --disable-logger       \
>       --disable-syslogd      \
>       --disable-whois        \
>       --disable-servers
> make
> ...
> So we only have to add one line and delete one option to include it.
>     -- Bruce

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