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whereis ifconfig on fedora 18 ?

asked 2012-12-04 04:34:15 -0500

jherrera gravatar image

updated 2013-06-12 08:36:24 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image


i can't execute ifconfig on fedora 18 ? is this normal ? with netstat I have the same problem ?

[root@thunderspeed ~]# ifconfig
bash: ifconfig: command not found...
[root@thunderspeed ~]# 
[root@thunderspeed ~]# netstat
bash: netstat: command not found...
[root@thunderspeed ~]#

kind regards,


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did u try /sbin/ifconfig ?

xcalibur gravatar imagexcalibur ( 2014-09-10 22:05:02 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-12-04 07:52:00 -0500

Akshay gravatar image

there is an alternative to "ifconfig", use "ip" for more about net-tools you can see this bug report

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answered 2012-12-10 14:33:28 -0500

ThomasMcA gravatar image

To search for which package provides a particular command or file, use the provides parm, like this:

sudo yum provides ifconfig

The results of that command return net-tools, so use this command to install net-tools:

sudo yum install net-tools
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Just a hint: yum doesn't need root access for such things as provides, list, info and so on; only for commands that install, remove or update packages.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2013-06-12 15:09:07 -0500 )edit

Yea, but it's easier to always use sudo - that way I don't have to think about whether or not I need it. Also, using both sudo and a user's ID with yum creates 2 caches - one under the user's ID and one under sudo's.

ThomasMcA gravatar imageThomasMcA ( 2013-06-13 13:19:26 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-12-10 14:26:52 -0500

Orestes910 gravatar image


yum install net-tools will get you ifconfig back. It seems by default there is a pifconfig command. Not sure what that's all about though...

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answered 2013-06-11 16:59:30 -0500

Valent gravatar image

Just use pifconfig instead of ifconfig

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answered 2012-12-10 12:36:43 -0500

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updated 2012-12-10 12:39:23 -0500

that great but some older scripts and tools use ifconfig. I'm all about learning new tools and have no issue with moving forward. However sometimes those older tools are needed to run older scripts. Navigating to this page after searching and reading "use the new tool" is useless.

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answered 2012-12-04 05:17:16 -0500

mihkel gravatar image

Use whereis command to find out where those programs are. For example:
whereis ifconfig

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