"ifconfig -vlandev" syntax

Yar Tikhiy yar at comp.chem.msu.su
Thu Sep 29 05:47:44 PDT 2005

On Thu, Sep 29, 2005 at 10:28:36AM +0200, Ragnar Lonn wrote:
> Yar Tikhiy wrote:
> >On Sun, Sep 25, 2005 at 02:37:41PM -0700, Brooks Davis wrote:
> >>On Thu, Sep 22, 2005 at 02:41:05PM +0400, Yar Tikhiy wrote:
> >>
> >>>As our ifconfig(8) is growing more options for special interface
> >>>types, inconsistencies sneak into their syntax.  In particular,
> >>>-vlandev takes a useless argument (vlan(4) cannot attach to more
> >>>than one parent anyway) while, e.g., -carpdev doesn't need one.
> >>>Personally, I like the latter since having to type unneeded words
> >>>on the command line annoys me.  Do you think that making -vlandev
> >>>need no arguments in CURRENT would break many existing things?
> >>
> >>I agree the argument is useless.  Unfortunatly, it's going to be hard to
> >>deprecate the old syntax so we may need to keep it around.
> >
> >Alas, there doesn't seem to exist an easy way to support both
> >syntaxes in the ifconfig(8) parameter parser.  Perhaps we can
> You could always introduce a command-line switch that enabled the new 
> syntax ;)

What I'd like to do is to get rid of bogus command-line arguments
so that I, as well as the others, could type only what is actually
needed ;-)


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