Applet applies 'Auto' as a prefix to all Network Names

Bug #386407 reported by Tony Espy on 2009-06-12
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Network Manager Applet
network-manager-applet (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Ubuntu 9.04

network-manager-gnome 0.7.1~rc4.1-0ubuntu2

When a user connects to a network for the first time, the network's profile is saved by the applet. One of the attributes of a network which is enabled by default, is the 'Auto' attribute, which denotes automatically try to connect to the network, if present, and not the machine's not already connected to a network.

This attribute is used a prefix of the network ( or connection ) name and is displayed several places in the applet, and also in the Network Connections application. Even if the user de-selects the 'connect automatically' checkbox via System : Preference : Network Connections : Wireless tab's Edit button, the prefix continues to show. The only way to get rid of it, is to delete 'Auto' from the 'Connection name' input field.

Unless the applet allows a given network to exist both with or without the 'Auto' attribute, this prefix should just get stripped from the name.

The prefix shows up in the following places:

 - applet : right-click : Connection Information

 - applet: right-click: Edit Connection, select Wireless tab, select network, click 'Edit'. 'Auto' appears in the dialog title, in the 'Connection name'

Milan Bouchet-Valat (nalimilan) wrote :

Note that I don't think the word "Auto" refers to the fact that the system will automatically try to connect to this network. It rather means that NetworkManager automatically created an entry for the network you selected, and filled the configuration with default values (as opposed to you creating a custom connexion). This mostly happens with wireless networks, where you choose the ESSID and let NM find out other parameters.

That said, I agree that's confusing, and could be removed without losing much.

superfly (superfly) wrote :

Instead of Network Manager using auto connect as a default value for every wireless network why not ask the user and make the default to connect manually instead.

"Would you like Network Manager to connect to connect automatically when possible?"

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
C de-Avillez (hggdh2) wrote :

marking Triaged/Wishlist per Vish's request

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
importance: Low → Wishlist
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Vish (vish) wrote :

Upstream marked this bug as a dup of another bgo bug , which corresponds to lp Bug 386900 .[This doesnt seem right to me ]

Or Maybe they would like to handle both the notifications and this bug regarding prefix in the connection editor at the same time.

Tony Espy , have a look at Bug 386900 , if you feel they aernt really the same or if this bug needs separate attention , could you comment on bgo . ?

Marking as dup of bug 386900 , for now.

deuterium (matt-j-heard) wrote :

It appears to me that bug 386900 is concerned with confusion caused by the entire "Auto eth0" label, while this bug is concerned with confusion caused by just the "Auto" prefix. I don't think that this bug is a duplicate, but a part of bug 386900. Just my two cents. :)

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