Bug#576730: net-tools: route gives incomprehensible error message for non-existing routes

Moritz Lenz moritz at faui2k3.org
Tue Apr 6 18:51:21 UTC 2010

Package: net-tools
Version: 1.60-22
Severity: normal

When trying to delete a non-existing route (such as "foo" below), one
gets an
incomprehensible error message:

$ sudo route del foo
SIOCDELRT: No such process

I have no idea what SIOCDELRT means, and even if I look that up, the "No
such process" makes no sense to me, because I wanted to delete a route,
not a process.

Something like 'No such route: "foo"' would be much better and more

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0.4
  APT prefers oldstable
  APT policy: (500, 'oldstable'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages net-tools depends on:
ii  libc6                       2.7-18lenny2 GNU C Library: Shared libraries

net-tools recommends no packages.

net-tools suggests no packages.

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