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authorGravatar Denis Vlasenko <vda.linux@googlemail.com>2007-08-25 22:16:04 +0000
committerGravatar Denis Vlasenko <vda.linux@googlemail.com>2007-08-25 22:16:04 +0000
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+This document is meant to convince you to not use ifup/ifdown.
+The general problem with ifupdown is that it is "copulated in vertical
+fashion" by design. It tries to do the job of shell script in C,
+and this is invariably doomed to fail. You need ifup/ifdown
+to be adaptable by local admins, and C is an extremely poor choice
+for that.
+We are doomed to have problems with ifup/ifdown. Just look as this code:
+static const struct dhcp_client_t ext_dhcp_clients[] = {
+ { "dhcpcd", "<up cmd>", "<down cmd>" },
+ { "dhclient", ........ },
+ { "pump", ........ },
+ { "udhcpc", ........ },
+static int dhcp_down(struct interface_defn_t *ifd, execfn *exec)
+ int i ;
+ for (i = 0; i < ARRAY_SIZE(ext_dhcp_clients); i++) {
+ if (exists_execable(ext_dhcp_clients[i].name))
+ return execute(ext_dhcp_clients[i].stopcmd, ifd, exec);
+ }
+ bb_error_msg("no dhcp clients found, using static interface shutdown");
+ return static_down(ifd, exec);
+ return execute("kill "
+ "`cat /var/run/udhcpc.%iface%.pid` 2>/dev/null", ifd, exec);
+ return 0; /* no dhcp support */
+How the hell it is supposed to work reliably this way? Just imagine that
+admin is using pump and ifup/ifdown. It works. Then, for whatever reason,
+admin installs dhclient, but does NOT use it. ifdown will STOP WORKING,
+just because it will see installed dhclient binary in e.g. /usr/bin/dhclient!
+This is stupid.
+I seriously urge people to not use ifup/ifdown.
+Use something less brain damaged.