svn commit: r193199 - head/etc

Doug Barton dougb at
Mon Jun 1 17:19:03 UTC 2009

Bjoern A. Zeeb wrote:
> On Mon, 1 Jun 2009, Doug Barton wrote:
>> Author: dougb
>> Date: Mon Jun  1 05:37:13 2009
>> New Revision: 193199
>> URL:
>> Log:
>>  Eliminate the warning that "Values of network_interfaces other than
>>  AUTO are deprecated.' There is no good reason to deprecate them, and
>>  setting this to different values can be useful for custom solutions
>>  and/or one-off configuration problems.
> There used to be adisucssion about this last year.
> I think you would have wanted to talk to brooks before who had put
> this in:

The discussion has come up several times on the -rc list from various
users who like the functionality and didn't want to see it go away.
I'm aware of the argument brooks has put forth in the past that it
adds "needless complexity" however I actually use the existing
feature, as do other users. FWIW, I also sent an "I am going to remove
this if I don't hear an objection" message to the -rc list, although
given the impending freeze I didn't wait as long as I usually would have.

Leaving the code "as is" costs us nothing in the common case since the
default is AUTO and the code to generate the list of interfaces is
super-trivial. Removing the existing feature however would be
problematic for at least a vocal subset of our user base.



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