Re: NetworkManager Is Driving Me Crazy!
- From: Rick Bilonick <rab@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2008 01:51:27 -0400
On Fri, 2008-03-21 at 11:30 -0500, Paul Johnson wrote:
On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 2:13 PM, Rick Bilonick <rab@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
When I first set up Fedora 8, I had some problems getting wlan0 (via
ndiswrapper) working. Now I can prevent wlan0 from being activated, even
when I'm using a wired connection via eth0.
Step back from the details a minute. This post reminded me of a debate
we had here last week about wireless. I think some extra services are
running on your laptop. Also, I think there is some miscommunication
about what it means to have wireless "on".
You say you have to kill wpa_supplicant manually, and I think that is
a sign of the first mis-configuration. The wpa_supplicant service
should be turned off in system-config-services. In there you should
wpa_supplicant is not turned on by system-config-services. (If I would
try to enable it via system-config-services, it would always fail to
start at boot - I could see this in the boot up display. But I never
have it enabled yet it always starts at some point.)
also have the network service turned off.
network is enabled to start at boot (I'm at home using my wireless
connection) and here is the status:
lo eth0 wlan0
Currently active devices:
I was afraid to turn this off for fear of screwing up ALL network
connections. So you are saying that this should NOT be used with
NetworkManager can start a
wpa_supplicant process if it needs one, and it will turn it off for
you when you stop the NetworkManager.
If you turn off NetworkManager and NetworkManagerDispatcher as well,
then it is absolutely impossible for the laptop to automatically
bring up a wireless connection. It just can't happen.
Now, if you run "/sbin/ifconfig" you should see no devices. Do you see devices?
I will try this at the office on Monday.
My situation is like yours. I have wireless various places, and also a
static IP at the office.
I leave NetworkManager turned on. (network is off, wpa_supplicant is
off). When I go to the office and start up, NM tries to search for
wireless networks and join them, but always fails. It searches for
wired DHCP as well. As soon as the network icon appears in the panel,
then I click on that icon (nm-applet is the program it comes from) and
turn off networking. Note I mean turn off all networking, not just
Then I open a terminal and manually turn on my configured wired
device, either with system-config-network or "/sbin/ifup eth0" (were
I did the configuration before with s-c-n).
After turning on the wire, I read the contents of "/etc/resolv.conf"
to make sure the DNS server is correct. It is almost never correct,
because without DHCP running, I have the last valid name server.
Sometimes it is correct, and I think that is because, before I stopped
NetworkManager, it scanned the environment and found a server that was
willing to tell it the DNS. But that doesn't always happen.
Even after going through this exercise, I still generally see the
wlan0 device listed in /sbin/ifconfig output. IT is listed, but it is
not associated, it has not obtained an IP number, and it does not
cause trouble (yet).
Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas
Well I go through the process I described and always have to type in the
DNS info every time I use a wired connection at the office. So in the
end what I've been doing isn't any more work than what you're doing.
I thought the whole idea of NetworkManager was to make connecting to
networks transparent but if it doesn't work with wired connections with
fixed IP's it cannot be that usable for many people. It appears to be a
major design flaw. (I'm not saying I won't continue to use it - it does
make connecting to wireless networks easier and it's the only way I've
found to connect to networks using WPA.)
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