Re: Airplane mode setting not saved after restart

On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 12:46 AM, Dan Williams <dcbw redhat com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2013-02-05 at 10:44 +0200, John G. wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I rarely use my laptop's wifi, so I enable airplane mode (aka rfkill)
>> from gnome nm applet to disable it completely (it doesn't have a
>> hardware switch). The problem is that after every restart this setting
>> isn't saved. The wifi interface is still down but rfkill is not used
>> (airplane mode is off). So I have to use the rfkill program with a
>> startup script. Sometimes when I need wifi, I have to either disable
>> the startup script or manually enable wifi after every restart.  This
>> doesn't seem very practical to me. Is this intended or should I open a
>> bug?
> There are two settings at play here; rfkill and NM on/off.  rfkill may
> or may not be present, and may or may not be saved over restart, since
> it's a hardware/bios thing that we can't control.
> Thus NM has a wifi on/off toggle as well, which *is* preserved over
> restarts.  This gets toggled when you flip the switch, and NM will also
> flip the hardware rfkill if available to ensure the radio is dead.  This
> value should always follow what you have told NM either through the
> applet or through "nmcli nm wifi on/off", and again, is different than
> hardware rfkill.
> It seems like there's something we need to debug further, since the
> value should be getting saved
> to /var/lib/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.state.  Does that file exist
> for you and if so, what's in it after you flip the switch?
> Dan

The wifi state is properly saved in NetworkManager.state and restored
after restart but not the software-rfkill one. All I am saying is that
it would make sense to store the soft-rfkill state aswell and restore
it on startup.

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