Default network configuration during installation, NetworkManager and the /etc/sysconfig/network-script's

Dan Williams dcbw at
Wed Oct 29 10:29:51 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-10-28 at 17:51 -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> David Cantrell wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 11:31:40AM +0000, Michael Cutler wrote:
> >> (1). Include NetworkManager in the '@core' group, such that every install will include NetworkManager and a minimal install as described above will bring the system up with network connectivity.
> > 
> > I'm not opposed to this, but I'm also not opposed to it staying where it is.
> > 
> >> (2). Add some logic to the installer, if NetworkManager isnt to be installed, adjust the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts appropriately such that network connectivity comes up after install. However this could be more problematic that I first thought, how many interfaces do you enable? If I have 4 NIC's, 3 not connected do I need to wait for the 'network' service to give up on the other three NIC's before bringing the system up etc.
> > 
> > I'm not in favor of this.  The situation you're describing is exactly why we
> > wanted to get rid of the network configuration screen.
> > 
> Isn't the system already capable of knowing if link is up on an 
> interface and not waiting for dhcp if it isn't connected?

No, it depends on the driver.  There are some drivers that still do not
do link checking (some pcnet32, some ne2000 variants), or if they do,
only on a 30 second or 60 second poll (3c59x as of 2 years ago).  Maybe
we don't care about those drivers.


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