Re: NM tidbits

Dan Williams <dcbw redhat com> writes:

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

FTR, neither of my laptops have an 802.11 RF kill switch.  So I need
NM (or some other software that I run by hand, but I'd prefer it to
be NM) to do it for me.

> Dan


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