svn commit: r195200 - in head/usr.sbin: . wake

Marc Balmer marc at
Tue Jun 30 21:26:04 UTC 2009

Am 30.06.2009 um 23:09 schrieb Sam Leffler:

> Marc Balmer wrote:
>> Am 30.06.2009 um 21:07 schrieb Sam Leffler:
>>> Martin Blapp wrote:
>>>> Author: mbr
>>>> Date: Tue Jun 30 18:51:22 2009
>>>> New Revision: 195200
>>>> URL:
>>>> Log:
>>>> Add wake, a tool to send Wake on LAN frames to hosts on a local  
>>>> Ethernet network
>>>>   Submitted by:   Marc Balmer <marc at>
>>>> Reviewed by:    rwatson
>>>> Approved by:    re
>>> what's wrong with ports/net/wol?
>> wake(8) is smaller and it is actually something needed in base.  in  
>> modern, ecological "green computing" environments we put the client  
>> machines, like our POS terminals to sleep at night.  In the  
>> morning,  a cronjob from the central server wakes up all machines  
>> using this command.  more and more systems support it, so havin a  
>> wake command in base is just about right.
> The typical way things happen in freebsd is we promote tools from  
> ports when they are deemed needed in the base system.  In fact it's  
> probably more important to have the tool in base remain compatible  
> with what users have had in their tree (via ports).
> I have yet to hear a compelling argument for why wake was chosen  
> over an existing tool that's been successfully used for a while.   
> OTOH this isn't something that'll keep me up at night; it just seems  
> like an ill-advised rush job that completely violates the intent of  
> the 8.0 code freeze..

a compelling argument could be that wake(8) is BSD licensed while wol  
found in ports/net/wol is GPL licensed and brings in a whole lot of a  
whole lot of a whole lot of a whole lot of a stuff with it, when  
actually, to send out Wake on LAN package, a small BSD licensed  
command like wake(8) is sufficient.  it is much smaller an cleaner code.

>   Sam
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