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10.2 Low level network configuration

The traditional low level network configuration tools on GNU/Linux systems are the ifconfig and route programs which come in the net-tools package. These tools have officially been superseded by ip which comes in the iproute package. The ip program works with Linux 2.2 and higher and is more capable than the old tools. However, the old tools still work and are more familiar to many users.

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