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Bug 434993 - Doesnt work with renamed interfaces
Doesnt work with renamed interfaces
Product: gnome-system-tools
Classification: Deprecated
Component: network-admin
Other Linux
: Normal normal
: ---
Assigned To: Carlos Garnacho
Carlos Garnacho
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-05-01 20:11 UTC by Sven Arvidsson
Modified: 2012-11-24 20:29 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: ---

Description Sven Arvidsson 2007-05-01 20:11:21 UTC
[ Forwarded from ]

"I use nameif to rename my interfaces and get consistant names between sessions.

This is done this way in /etc/network/interfaces:

auto lan
iface lan inet static
    pre-up nameif lan 00:11:2F:C6:5A:38
    up route add default gw

Then the "lan" interface is seen by the system the normal way:			    
lan       Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:11:2F:C6:5A:38
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:

If I start gnome-nettool, this interface appears in the lsit in the "Devices" tab:

Network device:  Unknown interface (lan)

If I click [Configure], I get, after a while, a popup with:

The interface does not exist
Check that is is correctly typed and that
it is correcly supported by your system."
Comment 1 Germán Poo-Caamaño 2007-08-04 22:08:13 UTC
This bug belongs to gnome-system-tools.

I tried the following:
auto lan
iface lan inet static
    pre-up nameif lan 00:0F:1F:B1:DD:BF

The MAC address is my Ethernet card usually named as eth0.
I commented the line that defines eth0 and I added the 
definition for lan.

$ ifconfig lan
lan       Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0F:1F:B1:DD:BF  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

The button Configure, spawns gnome-system-tool (network-admin).  I just added a g_print before the system tool is called, just to confirm it:

$ sudo src/gnome-nettool 
/usr/bin/network-admin --configure lan

And I get the same dialog as you report.  So, I'm confirm the bug but it doesn't apply to gnome-nettool.
Comment 2 Germán Poo-Caamaño 2007-08-04 22:09:13 UTC
I'm confirming the bug.  I was able to reproduce it using GNOME 2.18 and gnome-nettool trunk.
Comment 3 Jos Van Dyck 2009-10-27 19:35:28 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> I'm confirming the bug.  I was able to reproduce it using GNOME 2.18 and
> gnome-nettool trunk.

Problem still persists in Network Tools 2.28.0
using Ubuntu 9.10 RC.
Comment 4 conan72o 2010-03-26 22:04:45 UTC
Quick question for you folks.  When can we expect a fix for this? I just installed the newest version of Ubuntu and this issue is still lingering. I'd expected this would have been on the Top 100 list for usability fixes in any new release. Question for you though, is there a workaround? Something we can do to enable the "configure" button? I noticed the same behavior is present in the Network Tools app from the Administration menu. The only place I can get anywhere is with the Network app and using the Unlock function. That's really not a workaround as you can't do any MTU modifications or any other advanced network admin from there so we're stuck hunting for terminal commands. Looking forward to a speedy closure for EVERYONE. Thanks!
Comment 5 Milan Bouchet-Valat 2010-03-26 22:17:38 UTC
No, I don't expect anybody to work on network-admin in the future. You should really try NetworkManager, and file bugs there if you need fixes. You may have noticed that Ubuntu no longer ships with network-admin for several releases already, NetworkManager is the way to go.
Comment 6 André Klapper 2012-11-24 20:29:33 UTC
According to its developer(s), gnome-system-tools is not under active development anymore. Functionality has been mostly integrated into GNOME Control Center / "[System] Settings".

It is unlikely that there will be any further active development.

Closing this report as WONTFIX as part of Bugzilla Housekeeping - Please feel
free to reopen this bug report in the future if anyone takes the responsibility
for active development again.