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NM without X

Le vendredi 23 mars 2012 à 13:35 +0100, Svante Signell a écrit : 
> Can the Network Manager be controlled/started/configured in console mode
> when X is not running? If the answer to the above questions is yes,
> maybe that setting (making Network Manager work also without X) would be
> the default!

The answer is yes to the three questions; for controlling it’s a bit
complicated with the existing CLI tools, but it is very easy to
configure connections with ini-like configuration files and start them
without X.

And for wired connections, it *is* the default. It is not the default
for wireless connections for two obvious reasons: you need to be root to
configure the details, and you would store WPA passphrases and the like
in an insecure way.

The reason why NM failed in the situation described is completely
unrelated to X, it was related to libpcre which NM also uses. Again,
libpcre is a vital part of the system and it should be treated with that
much attention.

 .''`.      Josselin Mouette
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