Make it clear you've changed the /etc/network/interfaces

Bug #306878 reported by Kevin van Zonneveld on 2008-12-10
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Network Manager Applet
network-manager-applet (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In Intrepid I wanted to browse for wireless networks but I wasn't able to find it anywhere.
Through the System->Preferences->Network Configuration I was able to add a wireless network by SSID, but that didn't actually work, nor seemed to be very user friendly anyway. All I could do, was see was the signal strength of my ath0 device. That's it.

Googling for this issue was pretty hard, and for all I knew, the network applet was seriously damaged after my upgrade from Hardy.

Finally it turned out: I had some entries in my /etc/network/interfaces file and needed to clear that file. After that, everything worked beautifully (more power to you).

While this may all be very logical (I can imagine network-manager not tempering with custom interfaces, that's probably a good thing), it would have been very helpful if there was a clue about this in the user interface. Maybe a lightbulb saying:

"A custom configuration file is disabling network-manager, please clear /etc/network/interfaces if you want all features enabled"

or something like that - would be a simple way of making Ubuntu more user friendly, and saving some frustration. In my humble opinion, that is. Please consider.

Other than that, thanks for all of your hard work, and making Ubuntu such a great OS.

I've set this bug as confirmed, as the reporter has given all the details of what they would like to be changed. Please could someone with the ability to change importance change this to wishlist, as it is not a bug as such.

Changed in network-manager-applet:
status: New → Confirmed
Philip Muškovac (yofel) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments at:

C de-Avillez (hggdh2) wrote :

Marking Triaged/Wishlist per yofel's request.

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in network-manager-applet:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
status: Unknown → Confirmed
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