Network configuration future

Dan Williams dcbw at
Fri Sep 7 18:08:34 UTC 2012

On Mon, 2012-09-03 at 09:20 +0200, Olaf Kirch wrote:
> On Friday 31 August 2012 02:47:38 Bill Nottingham wrote:
> > I'm not saying you *can't* do it, but it's also not something to do
> >  lightly.
> Totally agreed. But what are really the points of maximum stickiness?
> Obviously, configuration files and command line interfaces.
> So, for a new network management framework, this means
>  -	using ifconfig/route should continue to work (ie the service
> 	shouldn't touch interfaces unless told so)

Touching an interface depends on your use-cases.  For many cases it
should be automatically managed without any intervention from the user,
and in many other cases, that should be under the control of the
administrator.  It's definitely  not an either/or choice.

>  -	there should be ifup/ifdown scripts that offer the same
> 	semantics as the current ones, as far as possible.

Yes; we've modified the ifup/ifdown scripts to handle interaction with

>  -	there should be a way to parse old-style ifcfg files

Yes; obviously anything that handles network management on Fedora needs
to do this.


> Could you think of any other?
> Olaf
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