I'm little confused about the two packages in linux.

  • Which one should I use?
  • Does iproute2 obsolete iproute?
  • Do they have different linux kernel dependency?
  • Why change the package name, instead of releasing a new version?

It seems that both names refer to the same package.

On Centos / RHEL / Fedora the package is called iproute and its homepage is listed as http://kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/net/iproute2/

OpenSUSE has the package called iproute2 and its home page is listed as https://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/networking/iproute2 but the source code is at the same place.

Debian / Ubuntu it is iproute2, and it again comes from https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/networking/iproute2

So, it is the same package.

To answer the last question, on Ubuntu the iproute name has been obsolete since at least 14.04 LTS ("transitional dummy package for iproute2"). Dropping the transitional name four years later is not unheard of. In 18.04 LTS it is still marked with "Replaces: iproute".

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