Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 90024
ipchains no longer needed in Red Hat 9?
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:53:24 EDT
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Description of problem:
As far as I can tell ipchains is incompatible with the 2.4 kernel
and nothing in Red Hat 9 depends on ipchains. So why is ipchains included in the
distribution now we have iptables?
Request to remove ipchains from Red Hat 9.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.'rpm -e ipchains' removes redundant software from system, with no adverse effects.
ipchains is compatible with all 2.4 kernels, and is used by many people,
(including myself) which is why it is present in Red Hat Linux. It has
no real increased maintenance cost to keep it in the distribution, and so
there is no major reason to remove it from the distribution at this point.
It is not redundant software. It is used by thousands, if not hundreds
of thousands of users and customers who have long established ipchains
firewall rulesets and aren't ready to change them over to iptables just
yet for whatever their individual reasons are. My personal reason is
because "it just works for me" and I couldn't be bothered to change my
ruleset over to iptables yet even though I know iptables is far superior.
It's a "if it is not broke, don't fix it" thing.