net-tools: A pack with some punch

I mentioned the net-tools package this morning, but didn’t say much about it. That’s a disservice, since it has some heavy hitters in it.

kmandla@lv-r1fz6: ~$ pacman -Ql net-tools
net-tools /usr/
net-tools /usr/bin/
net-tools /usr/bin/arp
net-tools /usr/bin/ifconfig
net-tools /usr/bin/ipmaddr
net-tools /usr/bin/iptunnel
net-tools /usr/bin/mii-tool
net-tools /usr/bin/nameif
net-tools /usr/bin/netstat
net-tools /usr/bin/plipconfig
net-tools /usr/bin/rarp
net-tools /usr/bin/route
net-tools /usr/bin/slattach

netstat is one of those, and you probably know ifconfig if you’ve wrangled with a network interface at the console.

Some intricate tools are at your dispoal too. mii-tools allows you to tweak details of your interface. iptunnel, or ip tunnel, is for … well, to manage IP tunnels. 🙄

Some of the other goodies I have a little less faith in. I tried to use nameif, just as an example, and came up empty handed. I believe that might be a residual effect of udev and systemd’s predictable naming scheme. Unless I’m mistaken, renaming interfaces will require editing udev’s rules.

Others might also be less useful. Regardless, I’m sure you’ll find something fun and functional in there.

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