Re: NM tidbits

On Thu, 26 Jan 2006, Dan Williams wrote:

On Thu, 2006-01-26 at 10:18 +0100, Nikolaus Filus wrote:

On Thursday 26 January 2006 00:12, Robert Love wrote:
But note that since, as Dan said, 'Enable Wireless' now turns off all
wireless (not just scanning) that point is already moot.  The decision
is whether to offer an option to turn of all wireless, an option to
turn off everything, or both.

What is this "enable/disable wireless" good for, when most notebooks
should either have a physical or software radio switch. So KISS, as there
is another tool for solving this.

This is true, and I was just going to bring this up.  Practical
considerations though, make this less than ideal.  First, not all
laptops have an RF kill switch.  Second, there isn't a good facility to
notify userspace that the RF has been killed at all.  So ideally we
would have NetworkManager listen to the drivers (or netlink, or
whatever) such that when the RF kill switch has been activated, we
deactivate the device.  Need to remember this when people start
designing the new netlink replacement for WEXT.


(1) My notbook has no accessible hardware control of the built-in wireless card.

(2) NM is my laptop's "network manager". If I wanted to look for a software button that would turn off my wireless card, that's the first place I would look.

		Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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