I swear ethtool used to be able to give status on a link without having to plumb the interface. This is just bogus waste of time.
What I need ASAP in my sysadmin world is a very small network tool, installed by default, that will quickly check link light, media options, and if connected, what networks it's connected too. I can't be the only one who's sturggled with miscabled systems or the enumeration of ports. Why doesn't this exist!?