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Re: System Config Tools Cleanup Project - tools to eliminate/replace



Colin Walters wrote:
On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 1:16 PM, Adam Williamson <awilliam redhat com> wrote:

Quite a lot of people still don't want to use NetworkManager. It makes
little sense on a system which just sits there connected to a static IP
address 24/7.

I think it does because it provides a useful networking API for other
applications to consume.  For example, answering the question "is
there an active network link" was effectively impossible for app
authors before.
I'm not quite sure squid/httpd/dhcpd/samba/... cares about network link.
The programs which check link availability are usually (always?) desktop programs.
Also, in my opinion on a well-managed network if you want a fixed IP
address, the right way to do it is MAC matching on the DHCP server,
not client configuration.  And NetworkManager works well in such a
setup.
Yes that makes sense for any 10+ workstations network.
But it doesn't make sense for the 2-3 servers which serve that network, cause they usually *never* have their ips changed.

So again this makes sense only for desktops (and of course much more sense for laptops) but is mostly useless for servers. And also /etc/init.d/network with dhclient also works quite well in this setup.

What I wanted to say is "Removing old ifcfg-style network configuration support is wrong".


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