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Re: detect/probe the physical connected state of a network cable

On Sun, 04 Mar 2012 01:13:12 +0800, lina wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 12:38 AM, Camaleón <noelamac@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, 03 Mar 2012 23:29:45 +0800, lina wrote:
>>> Once I disabled the wireless and plugged in the cable.
>> How exactly did you disable the wireless? Was the ethernet cable
>> already plugged at that time? Was eth0 up?
> There is some bars (which indicates the strength of the wireless), right
> click there is disconnect option, so ...

Under which desktop environment, GNOME, KDE, XFCE...? Or put in other 
words, what aplication are you using to manage your wifi?
> sometimes it didn't plug in, while sometimes it plugged in, not worked
> (I felt the patience and retry plug in can get rewards at that
> situation) , so I enabled the wireless again.

I don't understand this paragraph in full, sorry :-(

> I am not sure how to tell eth0 up or down.

"/sbin/ifconfig eth0" and also "dmesg | grep -i eth0"

>> What controls you networking stuff, "ifup" or "network-manager"?
> $ dpkg --get-selections | grep network 
> gir1.2-networkmanager-1.0	install
> glib-networking					install
> glib-networking-common				install
> glib-networking-services			install
> libqt4-network					install
> network-manager					install
> network-manager-gnome				install

Having network-manager installed does not mean it has to be used. Okay, 
let's take this as you're using NM :-)

>> Anyway, check your "/etc/network/interfaces" for "allow-hotplug eth0"
> # more /etc/network/interfaces
> # The loopback network interface
> auto lo
> iface lo inet loopback
> # The primary network interface
> allow-hotplug eth0
> iface eth0 inet dhcp

Mmm, your eth0 is not being managed by NM unless you have told NM to do 
it otherwise...

>> stanza. Also, review the messages with "tail -f /var/log/syslog" and
> wow, after disconnect the wireless, unplug the cable and replug the
> cable, interesting scenario in syslog,

Of course :-)

> disconnected the wireless first and then plug in worked.
> but if it's already plugged in. disconnected the wireless, it's not so
> sensitive.

Can you see any event related to the network card?
> How do the laptop examine whether there is cable connected or not?

Again, "dmesg | grep -i eth0" will tell you even more interesting 
stuff ;-)



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