Re: gnome network manager doesn't check dial-up status --> no vpn possible

On Fri, 2007-07-06 at 22:26 +0200, Florian Pressler wrote:
> Hi there,
> I'm trying the gnome network manager for the first time these days,
> and so far I can say that things work quite easily and without much
> config-hassling.
> There is just one issue at the moment I have with the gnome network
> manager. I need wireless with WPA (this works), I need dial-up for my
> UMTS/GMS PCMCIA-Datacard (this works, too), and I need VPN-client
> functionality (works like a charm with vpnc in connection with the
> plugin for the network manager).
> The problem is using dial-up and VPN *together*. It's just not
> possible - the network manager is not offering me connecting via VPN
> if I'm in the Internet via the Datacard. It works, if I'm wired or
> wirelessly (802.11b/g) connected.
This is a know issue.

Should be fixed with NM v0.7

> I think the real problem is that the tool is not aware of the actual
> status of the dial-up connection and because of this the tool can't
> show it to the user. This also has a big consequence/drawback - as the
> tool doesn't know about the status of the connection, the icon above
> is shown as "not connected" --> and then you also can't start a
> VPN-connection!
> This is really a broken design of the tool. A common use-case is the
> following: I'm travelling with my laptop and have a UMTS/GSM
> PCMCIA-Datacard with me. I connect to the Internet (with the dial Up
> functionality of network-manager) and then want to start VPN to
> establish a secure tunnel to my company. I can't do that, because
> network-manager doesn't let me start VPN (it's greyed out), because it
> doesn't know about the dial-up status and thinks it's not connected.
> If I were at a wireless-hotspot, network-manager does check the status
> and offers me to connect via VPN (works perfectly, by the way).
> Perhaps I'll find a workaround by using some scripts to manually start
> the VPN-connection, but I would rather like to see this fixed. If i
> can help/test/do anything (except programming, which I can't), I'll
> gladly do it.
You could use vpnc from commandline as a workaround.

> Best Regards,
> airflow 
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