Re: Add support for disabling connectivity checking via D-Bus API

On Mon, 2017-07-24 at 17:04 +0800, James Henstridge wrote:

Hi James,

We're looking at enabling NetworkManager's connectivity checking in
the next Ubuntu release, and one of the concerns has been privacy
issues of regularly pinging a particular server while users are
online.  One option is to include the connectivity check
in a separate package that the user can uninstall, but that isn't
particularly discoverable.

This is what we do on Fedora (NetworkManager-config-connectivity-fedora 
package). But I think Lubomir dislikes that because (if I represent his
view correctly) we abuse the package management system for
configuration. I don't have a strong opinion: it works.

I had a go at implementing an alternative approach, that I attached
this bug report:

This adds two D-Bus properties:

ConnectivityCheckAvailable: true if a connectivity URI has been
configured (read-only)
ConnectivityCheckEnabled: true if connectivity checking is enabled

The second is implemented by setting the connectivity check interval
to 0 in NetworkManager-intern.conf.

The idea is that a privacy control panel could optionally show an
extra toggle if ConnectivityCheckAvailable is true, and have that
toggle control ConnectivityCheckEnabled.  The change will be
persistent, and doesn't require installing/removing files under

Does this look like a sensible way to implement this feature?  If so,
I can move on to add support for it in gnome-control-center.

It does. Let's discuss this further on the gnome bugzilla entry.


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