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Re: Back to technical discussion? Yes! (was: network-manager as default? No!)

On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 6:23 PM, Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre
<mathieu.tl@gmail.com> wrote:
> This said, I don't think NM can be the magic bullet to fix everything.
> Even RedHat while shipping NetworkManager on servers last I checked,
> still relies on their simpler command-line setup for interfaces. So
> should we. Defaulting to using NM probably takes care of the widest
> audience who would use DHCP and such, and others can fall back to
> ifupdown or a successor to do the more complicated things like
> bridging.

Also note that there are NM plugins that enable NM to understand
/etc/network/interfaces and the Fedora/RHEL counterparts. This means
that if a server has NM enabled and an administrator wants to
configure networking manually, he can do it just fine even if NM is
installed. NM will gracefully understand that and won't try to do
anything stupid (see /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf).

For servers using DHCP, you don't even have to create a connection.
Wired interfaces are already automatically configured to use DHCP in
NM. For the other cases, just use the legacy tools or configure
/etc/network/interfaces and set managed=true in
/etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf (not sure if the latter works,
never tested it).


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