Removing gnome-nettool from the default Desktop image?

Ayan George at
Sat Jun 9 15:00:56 UTC 2012

On 06/09/2012 08:44 AM, Vincent Ladeuil wrote:
> For people with limited knowledge, having to install a tool helping
> the network issues debugging is a no-go.

IMHO, gnome-net-tool is an incredibly thin interface.  I don't think
it is useful at all for people with limited knowledge.

Most tabs correspond to the exact command name (ping, traceroute,
finger, & whois) and supplying the correct parameters requires enough
knowledge to have used the command line equivalent.

By being sometimes buggy, it also provides misleading or incorrect
information.  Two examples come to mind:

* Right now, ping doesn't work at all.  It attempts to run:
   '/bin/ping ping -b -c5 -n <addr>'  (notice the extra 'ping').

* Finger is a bit of an anachronism but g-n-t attempts to use a local
copy of pinky first.  pinky doesn't even perform network finger
lookups.  If someone does actually need to use g-n-t to do a remote
finger query, this would be confusing.  (as a side note, it  is
strange that pinky is installed by default but finger is not given
that the finger binary is smaller.)

> So unless there are issues with maintenance or space, I'd rather
> keep gnome-nettool.

Being just a really thin veneer on top of basic network tools, I don't
think it is very useful and is only a source of bugs and confusion.


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