Bug#473219: debian-installer: please give a possibility to show MAC addresses early - Debian

This is a discussion on Bug#473219: debian-installer: please give a possibility to show MAC addresses early - Debian ; Package: debian-installer Severity: wishlist Hi, this is not a strictly installer-related issue, but the installer seems to be a natural way to include this simple feature: When a system is destined to be automatically installed, it is frequently needed to ...

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  1. Bug#473219: debian-installer: please give a possibility to show MAC addresses early

    Package: debian-installer
    Severity: wishlist

    Hi,

    this is not a strictly installer-related issue, but the installer
    seems to be a natural way to include this simple feature:

    When a system is destined to be automatically installed, it is
    frequently needed to obtain the MAC address of the system. Some people
    boot up d-i and shell out to a shell for an "ifconfig" call, but it
    would be nice to have "show interface MAC" as an option in the menu.

    This could also be implemented in the "configure network" part that
    d-i shows the MAC address of the interface that it just tries to do
    DHCP on.

    Greetings
    Marc


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  2. Bug#473219: debian-installer: please give a possibility to show MAC addresses early

    On Saturday 29 March 2008, Marc Haber wrote:
    > When a system is destined to be automatically installed, it is
    > frequently needed to obtain the MAC address of the system. Some people
    > boot up d-i and shell out to a shell for an "ifconfig" call, but it
    > would be nice to have "show interface MAC" as an option in the menu.


    I personally don't feel this by itself is worth a menu item. A more
    elaborate dialog with "system info" could be an option, but for wishes like
    this I think you can probably guess the general reaction: patches welcome.

    > This could also be implemented in the "configure network" part that
    > d-i shows the MAC address of the interface that it just tries to do
    > DHCP on.


    Problem there is that it would either require a separate dialog (which we
    don't like), or needs to be included in an existing dialog. The hostname
    and network dialogs seem inappropriate, but those are the only ones that
    are displayed.

    I'll reassign to netcfg as that is the most relevant component for this
    suggestion.

    Cheers,
    FJP



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