RE: NM 0.6.5 and dhcp behavior

On Wed, 2008-01-23 at 12:03 -0500, Philip A. Culver wrote:
> I am creating an account and will file the RFE.
> I might have to add this behavior to 0.6.5.  If I do I will post a patch
> when I am done.
> Thanks for the info!

The approach I'd recommend is:

1) Let NM get an autoip address.  The original use-case for this was
plugging two laptops together, having it Just Work, and being able to
run gnome-user-share or whatever and share files back and forth.

2) Periodically (say, every 2 or 5 minutes) try another DHCP attempt,
and if that's successful, remove the autoip address and start using the
DHCP-returned configuration.  You could even try a backoff algorithm and
try more often at the start, but less often as time goes on.  You don't
want to spam a network that might be on the other side of the cable.


> -- Phil
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan Williams [mailto:dcbw redhat com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 11:54 AM
> To: Philip A. Culver
> Cc: networkmanager-list gnome org
> Subject: Re: NM 0.6.5 and dhcp behavior
> On Wed, 2008-01-23 at 11:00 -0500, Philip A. Culver wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > What is NetworkManager's behavior if it can't get a IP address from
> > the DHCP server.   I see it seems to assign an auto IP 169...   Will 
> Correct.  It will assign an IPv4 autoip address.
> > keep talking to the DHCP server and try to get an IP?
> No.  That might be a nice thing to try though.  Can you file an RFE on
> for it?  If you don't have an account there then I'll
> file it I guess.
> Dan
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