To my knowledge net-tools consists only of deprecated binaries (if there is still one in there which hasn't been replaced, maybe it could be split out?), so I think it should be removed from @system and possibly be replaced by the appropriate candidates (iproute2, for instance).
i don't think it can/should be dropped from @system until bug 393445 is resolved so we can still keep net-tools in the default releases
W.r.t. bug 393445 I think the issue is orthogonal. Until bug 393445 is resolved, net-tools can already be replaced by iproute2. Whether or how iproute2 is then kept in @system or only the stageX respectively is a seperate question. On the other hand I agree that it would make more sense to resolve all three in a single step.
(In reply to Cedric Sodhi from comment #2)
it isn't a sep issue. we don't actively make things worse. once we have the framework in place to make sure net-tools stays in the release can we look at removing it from @system.
(In reply to SpanKY from comment #3)
It isn't really necessary to keep net-tools in our stage tarballs if other utilities provide roughly equivalent functionality.
(In reply to Mike Gilbert from comment #4)
considering the long term muscle memory people have around net-tools (especially ifconfig & route), including it by default in releases makes sense
(In reply to SpanKY from comment #5)
I think Gentoo's baseline should be to provide a modern, consistent system and not be built around the idea of accomodating everyone's personal habits. If someone feels uncomfortable using the contemporary toolset, they are free to install the deprecated tools.
But again, I think we are mixing different issues here. This bug is about replacing net-tools with iproute2 (say). Bug 393445 is a layer above that.
It's been five years.