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"It was originally released as part of the BSD TCP/IP suite - so in effect, it's part of the original internet toolkit. The ifconfig command first appeared in 4.2BSD."

Am I nuts, or are those incompatible statements? How could have been initially released in two places? If the "Berkley TCP/IP suite" was released in tandem with or as part of 4.2BSD, that should be more clearly stated in the article. If it wasn't, then perhaps that second sentence quoted above should read "The first time ifconfig command was made a standard part of an operating system was in 4.2BSD." MrZaiustalk 21:24, 9 October 2006 (UTC)


It would be nice to mention how ifconfig talks to the Linux/BSD kernel. By comparison, iproute2 talks to the Linux kernel using Netlink. Jwmurphy (talk) 01:38, 25 February 2011 (UTC)


The third paragraph in the current status section is suspect as many distributions neglect to include iproute2 in default installations and still rely heavily on ifconfig. This paragraph appears to apply mostly to Arch Linux, not "modern distributions." Opticron (talk) 15:20, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

It was actually in the article long before Arch deprecated net-tools this year. It's true that net-tools is obsolete and unmaintained, but most distributions definitely still depend on it so that sentence isn't at all true. Debian and Fedora definitely still use it, but are slowly moving to iproute2: [1] [2]. strcat (talk) 22:47, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

History and authors[edit]

It would be nice to see more about this - the man page I'm looking at ( for the Linux program shows Fred N. van Kempen, Alan Cox, Phil Blundell, Andi Kleen, and Bernd Eckenfels as the maintainers. II | (t - c) 17:14, 30 July 2017 (UTC)


What does the if in ifconfig stand for?AtlasDuane (talk) 13:44, 20 October 2017 (UTC)