Proposal: removing net-tools from ubuntu-minimal in 17.04

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Sat Jan 14 18:27:13 UTC 2017

Hi all,

Starting last month, Debian has been discussing dropping net-tools[1], which
prompted me to review its status in Ubuntu.  This package, which provides
various commands like ifconfig and netstat, is currently part of
ubuntu-minimal.  However, the tools in this package are largely considered
superseded by iproute2, providing 'ip' and 'ss' tools that interface much
better with modern kernels.  And iproute2 is also part of ubuntu-minimal.

Is there a reason to keep net-tools in ubuntu-minimal, or should we remove
it from the minimal set for 17.04?  Packages / flavors that want it can
still depend on it (which they should technically already be doing anyway).

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                          
slangasek at                                     vorlon at

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