Remove the vpn option in the nm-applet

Bug #683934 reported by Shane Fagan on 2010-12-02
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
network-manager-applet (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

We had a little discussion on the ayatana mailing list a few months back (forgive me for not going through the archive and finding the thread) about the usefulness of having a vpn option in the network manager applet.

In its place the users should just go edit connections>vpn and edit it from there. The rational is fairly simple and that is most users dont have vpn and it only adds an extra click to get to the vpn options anyway.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: unity 3.2.2-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.37-7.19-generic-pae 2.6.37-rc3
Uname: Linux 2.6.37-7-generic-pae i686
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: No value set for `/apps/compiz/general/allscreens/options/active_plugins'
Date: Thu Dec 2 00:18:35 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
InstallationMedia_: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
 Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
 Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
 Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
 Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
 Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
MachineType: Hewlett-Packard Presario V5000 (EW795EA#ABU)
 Socket 0:
   no product info available
 Socket 0:
   no card
PciDisplay: 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27a2] (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.37-7-generic-pae root=UUID=6b360a3c-e5b8-46d7-88e5-7ad8ca8e6e9e ro quiet splash
ProcVersionSignature_: Ubuntu 2.6.37-7.19-generic-pae 2.6.37-rc3
 xserver-xorg 1:7.5+6ubuntu3b1
 libgl1-mesa-glx 7.9+repack-1ubuntu2
 libdrm2 2.4.22-2ubuntu1
 xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.13.901-2ubuntu1
 xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.13.2-1ubuntu2
SourcePackage: unity
XorgConf: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' 04/13/2006
dmi.bios.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
dmi.bios.version: F.0A 30A8
dmi.board.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
dmi.board.version: 56.25
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: ��������������������
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
dmi.chassis.version: N/A
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnHewlett-Packard:bvrF.0A:bd04/13/2006:svnHewlett-Packard:pnPresarioV5000(EW795EA#ABU):pvrF.0A:rvnHewlett-Packard:rn30A8:rvr56.25:cvnHewlett-Packard:ct10:cvrN/A: Presario V5000 (EW795EA#ABU)
dmi.product.version: F.0A
dmi.sys.vendor: Hewlett-Packard
system: distro = Ubuntu, architecture = i686, kernel = 2.6.37-7-generic-pae

Shane Fagan (shanepatrickfagan) wrote :
Didier Roche (didrocks) wrote :

Shouldn't that be reported against network-manager?

affects: unity (Ubuntu) → network-manager (Ubuntu)

Reassigning to network-manager-applet since it's really what serves as a client for the NetworkManager backend...

Sounds like a fair change, but one we'd benefit greatly from upstreaming. That said, it's only one item in a usually small submenu, so we should then also remove "Disconnect..." from the menu when there are no connections... and then the VPN submenu altogether if there are no VPN connections configured. This will definitely need discussion upstream so I'll try to write a draft patch to propose to the developers.

affects: network-manager (Ubuntu) → network-manager-applet (Ubuntu)
Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre (mathieu-tl)
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged

Needs to be fixed but should ideally be enabled/disabled at runtime (along with other debugging messages) through an environment variable or parameter. I'm unassigning this for now because I don't expect to have time to look into it just yet.

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
assignee: Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre (mathieu-tl) → nobody
tags: added: bitesize

Oops, applied this to the wrong bug, reverting the previous assignment/tags changes... sorry ;)

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre (mathieu-tl)
tags: removed: bitesize

Unassigning, I'll get to this for next release, by fixing up the interface for nm-applet upstream.

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
assignee: Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre (mathieu-tl) → nobody
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