Re: [PATCH] Enable dhcpcd instead of dhclient

On Thu, 2008-07-17 at 04:36 +0200, Michael Biebl wrote:
> Roy Marples wrote:
> > On Tue, 15 Jul 2008 15:29:43 +0100, Roy Marples <roy marples name> wrote:
> >> Please apply this to NetworkManager :)
> > 
> I don't quite like the configure bits yet. It forces you to have either 
> dhclient or dhcpd installed for a successful build.
> This effectively makes the dhcp client a build depenency.
> This doesn't really matter for a (source-based) distro like gentoo, but 
> on other distros, where the packages are built in a separate build 
> environment this means, that you now have to install a dhcp client.

The current configure environment forced me to install ppp for the
development headers. I neither use nor care about ppp, so the same
argument could be applied there.

The reason why it's a build time check is that it's a lot easier to
check the clients work in a shell script than in C at runtime.

1) Only dhcpcd-4 works with NM - older versions will not
2) Only ISC dhclient works with NM - derived versions will not
(OpenBSD and FreeBSD have their own trimmed down versions with POSIX
command line and don't have all the options needed)

> I'd say, if an absolute path is given (i.e. 
> --with-dhcp-client=/sbin/dhclient), simply take this path and do no 
> further checks. Imo it's safe to assume, if someone is using the 
> configure flag this way, he knows what he's doing.

That's probably a safe assumption to make.



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