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Old 07-14-2017, 02:26 AM   #1
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Testing Needed - Net Setup --> iproute2

First of all, there's *absolutely* no guarantee that this or anything like it will ever make it into Slackware. Overcoming inertia isn't easy, folks ;-)

Second, this thread is *not* to fuss about the possibility of it happening. I get that some of you still love net-tools. Fine. You can keep them, regardless of whether this makes it into the tree or not. As long as net-tools still compiles and works, you'll still be able to use it. Watch out for meteors though ;-)

Anyway, I've got some working (for me) migration to use iproute2 for all of Slackware's networking setup and teardown. The git repo is here:

I'll discuss the master branch in more detail in a bit, as it's for those who are a bit braver and want to do some stuff not-so-ordinary. For those more conservative among you, maybe just take a look at the "feature-parity-with-stock" branch:
It should be feature- and bug- complete with the stock networking scripts.

For those who are a bit more experimental, the master branch supports creation and use of virtual tun/tap interfaces (along with adding them to bridges) and adding extra IP address aliases to interfaces.

As I said earlier, it's all been tested here on various machines and seems to be working as expected, but there are surely bugs in it. I'd appreciate some wider testing (and fixes for bugs).

Sooner or later, I'd like to add IPv6 support as well, but I'm not going to try to shave that beast until the existing one is tamed.

Hint: you don't have to clone the git repo to test - just click the "tree" tab and then download the file using the "plain" link beside it.

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Old 07-15-2017, 04:22 AM   #2
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not tried yet any special cases but, FWIW, the master branch plays fine here for standard wired/wireless connections on a couple of notebooks and on a workstation.

next I'm gonna try it with bridges and I'll report back: thanks for this in the meantime!
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