[CentOS-devel] please add vnconfig to minimal install CD

Matthew Patton mpatton at inforelay.com
Fri Aug 17 20:08:25 EDT 2012


Just throwing these out there as reference.

https://access.redhat.com/knowledge/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/6/pdf/Installation_Guide/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux-6-Installation_Guide-en-US.pdf

<quote>
Only the most commonly used commands are available in the pre-installation  
environment:
arping, awk, basename, bash, bunzip2, bzcat, cat, chattr, chgrp, chmod,  
chown, chroot,
...
umount, uniq, vconfig, vi, wc, wget, xargs, zcat.
               ^^^^^^^
</quote>

So it was only last year that RH got all traces of vconfig out of the  
standard scripts and tools. Good for them. However, there are lots of  
references like these:

http://www.serkey.com/vlan-configuration-native-vlan-and-setting-pvid-bcu5dw.html
http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/XenNetworking

These directly reference vconfig, include official sources, and are  
reasonably recent.

I'm not arguing that IP-Utils hasn't been the "more correct" solution for  
years or that any new script I write I should use the right tool. Only  
pointing out that vconfig is very much entrenched into the psyche of  
sysadmins, many of whom still use RHEL4 and RHEL5 as well as Ubuntu and  
other rot and we very much don't intend to have multiple versions of our  
scripts. Vconfig has been a stable in such things as vif-bridge scripts  
for KVM or Xen for years. If you look at CloudStack and I'll bet anything  
OpenStack has them by the bushel too.

But as has been said, "yum install vconfig" and we can go away chuffed. If  
the intent is for "minimal" to be pure and legacy free, then I can live  
with it.
 


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