basesystem has no ping capability (Bug #320)

Added by Tommy Boatman over 3 years ago. Updated 2 months ago.

Status:Closed Start date:10/26/2011
Priority:Low Due date:
Assignee:- % Done:


Target version:0.60


There are at least two providers of the ping command in the grimoires, yet neither is included in the base system. Most distros are currently using iputils over netkit, which I fully support since netkit has no IPv6 functionality.

Because of the dependencies/conflicts between iputils-base/netkit-base, it's likely worthwhile to settle on a standard. I've noticed at least one spell dependent on netkit-ping (gnome-nettool), which will cause a lot of grief with iputils based systems.

Given increasing deployment of IPv6, I propose we standardize on iputils, and include it in the basesystem dependencies as soon as possible.


Updated by Vlad Glagolev over 3 years ago

I'd not force ping stuff in the basesystem.

For example on all of my boxes (around 70) I have fping installed with a bash alias to ping.

It could be optional multi-dependency, but not the required one.

Updated by Tommy Boatman over 3 years ago

No issue with an optional multi-dependency at all...

Point is, some form of it should be available to the base system.

Established installs will often do what they want - fping/ping6/netkit/whatever.

But, if you're installing a new system and aren't sure whether the network drivers are installed/working properly, only having arp, rarp, ifconfig, and route as your only innately installed troubleshooting tools is problematic. Even worse if you deploy IPv6-only systems much of the time.

Using wget to verify end to end connectivity lacks some level of elegance ;-)

Updated by Vlad Glagolev over 3 years ago

yeah, agree.

optional dependency will work well, and of course the default one (iputils then) must be available on the ISO.

Updated by Remko van der Vossen 12 months ago

I don't think we need any ping in basesystem, we should have ping on the iso if it's not there.

Updated by Eric Sandall 2 months ago

I agree with Remko. basesystem is for operational requirements, not nice-to-haves or troubleshooting. The ISO, however, should contain troubleshooting tools (such as ping or fping), IMO.

  • Priority changed from High to Low
  • Target version set to 0.60
  • Category set to SMGL
  • Status changed from New to Closed

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