Re: N-M: Depends->Recommends (was: Re: duplicates in the archive)
On Tue, 2012-07-10 at 09:47 +0100, Jon Dowland wrote:
On Mon, Jul 09, 2012 at 11:13:16PM +0200, Adam Borowski wrote:
> and also, as Philipp Kern noticed before, things that use N-M to
> distinguish between online and offline modes will think they're offline
> after uninstalling N-M until they are restarted.
You get this even with n-m installed, if n-m isn't managing your connection.
So for example I have n-m configured for wifi and 3g connections, but
ignoring my ethernet connection, so I can use a bridged setup. Various
desktop apps misbehave in minor ways: pidgin as already mentioned; chrome
reports "unable to connect to Internet" instead of more nuanced failures such
as "no such site", etc.
I was using gnome with n-m installed but deactivated (just remove /etc/rc*/netwrok-manager) without any issue. The reason for removing the rc*/n-m is that when starting n-m, evolution will refuse to connect to the "unmanaged" eth0 (static iface managed with ifup/ifdown). When n-m is stopped, evolution just will detect this and fallback to classical interface.
I did not notice any other gnome application that depends on n-m on its apparent behavior. So I can certify this Depends is not required.