[Gllug] networking guide

- Tethys tethys at gmail.com
Wed May 30 12:05:13 UTC 2007

On 5/30/07, countd <countd42 at googlemail.com> wrote:

> So I was told the other day, ifconfig is only clinging on like grim
> death for reasons of backwards compatibility with scripts. Could be
> complete tripe, can anyone else shed light on this?

Well, it's deprecated by the kernel networking developers in favour of
ip, which lets you do everything that ifconfig/route could, and a lot
more too. But to say it's on its last legs is probably overstating
things somewhat. As far as I know, there are no plans to remove it.
It's fair to say that it's unlikely to see much in the way of new
development. But it's been perfectly fine at what it does for the last
30 years, and that's unlikely to change any time soon.


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