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Re: Bug#686075: modemmanager shouldn't recommend usb-modeswitch, but suggest it

On 28.08.2012 14:07, Reinhard Tartler wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM, Didier 'OdyX' Raboud <odyx@debian.org> wrote:
>> (Dropping -devel)
>> Hi Reinhard,
>> Le mardi, 28 août 2012 12.18:31, Reinhard Tartler a écrit :
>>> Package: modemmanager
>>> Version:
>>> On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 10:58 PM, Michael Biebl <biebl@debian.org> wrote:
>>>> Am 18.10.2011 21:16, schrieb Tollef Fog Heen:
>>>>> modemmanager shouldn't recommend usb-modeswitch, but suggest it.
>>>> The problem then is, that users get failures which are extremely hard to
>>>> debug. The hardware simply won't work for them and we don't have a good
>>>> way to detect such cases and forward a error message to the user session
>>>> asking them to install usb-modeswitch.
>>> If that is the problem, then the current implementation seems more
>>> like a workaround than a fix for this.
>> In that case, what would be the fix?
> I'd suggest to signal the situation properly to the user. This would
> make the situation less hard to identify.
> Ideally, the user is presented some dialog box that instructs him to
> install the missing usb-modeswitch pacakge if necessary when he plugs
> in his 3g dongle.

We don't have the infrastructure though, to do such hardware based
installation requests, i.e. a system service which constantly monitors
newly plugged in devices, has a database of devices mapping to packages,
and a service running in the user session which can be signaled via the
system service (e.g. via D-Bus) when such a hardware has been plugged
in, and presents that to the user.

This would certainly be a neat idea and once we have that and is widely
used, we can adjust the package relation ship between modemmanager and


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