Re: Annoying NetworkManager "feature"

On Mon, 2009-08-24 at 13:08 -0400, Gene Czarcinski wrote:
> I like a lot about how NetworkManager works.  I especially like the way it 
> handles wireless connects.
> However, there is a NetworkManager "feature" that is extremely annoying:  
> creating new/additional device entries in its list of devices ... sometimes 
> one or more additional entries with the same name and sometimes "Auto eth_" 
> entries.

Which new/additional device entries and what are their names?  When this
happens, can you run 'nm-tool' for me and paste the output in here?

The "Auto eth_" entries are there so that you can connect to *something*
by clicking on it even when there's configuration defined.  Otherwise,
you'd have nothing in the menu and no way to connect the device.  There
are a few corner cases where more than one could appear, but I haven't
seen those in quite a while.

> This has become especially annoying with a qemu-kvm guest where on of the NICs 
> needs to have "Use this entry for network connections only on its network" 
> checked ... new entries are created when NetworkManager starts which do not 
> have the check.
> If there a way to disable this feature? [new/additional entries]

Do you have backing system connections for any of these devices?
Basically, a fake "auto" connection will be shown for any device that
doesn't already have a connection defined either in GConf or via
system-settings (/etc/network/interfaces for Debian/Ubuntu, ifcfg for
suse/fedora, and /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections for all distros
depending on the plugin that's been enabled
in /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf).


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