[arch-projects] [netcfg] [netctl] migration path

Jouke Witteveen j.witteveen at gmail.com
Thu Jan 24 08:32:20 EST 2013

Dear all,

The past few weeks, quite some people have tested netctl, the
envisaged successor of netcfg. As it is, I would really like to
migrate away from netcfg and towards netctl. If a 'direct' migration
is too rough, it might be possible to write a hook and some wrapper
scripts that emulate some/most of netcfg on a netctl system, but for
most I think migration consists of only some variable renaming in the

What would be the best way to migrate? I am thinking of the following steps:
- move the github repository [1] back to Arch Projects
- add a package to [testing], this would be version 1.0
- call for testers on the forums
- perhaps change the PKGBUILD to contain replaces=netcfg
- write an announcement and an installation message
- move the package to [core]

After this, Arch will have the first CLI for profile-based network
management that extensively leverages systemd.

Many of the above steps I am not allowed to do, so if there are no
objections, I would like someone to help me out.

- Jouke

[1] https://github.com/joukewitteveen/netctl

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