simultaneous nm-applet

Ryan McCoskrie ryan.mccoskrie at
Sat Sep 26 20:16:38 UTC 2009

On Sat, 26 Sep 2009 06:50:01 Rick Stevens wrote:
> Bruno Medeiros wrote:
> > People,
> >
> > Is nm-applet supposed to work in two users logged at the same time?
> > If it is, I have a problem here because only the first user logged in
> > have the applet, the others get a error like this:
> >
> > [brunojcm at brunojcm-laptop ~]$ nm-applet
> > ** (nm-applet:6195): WARNING **: <WARN>  request_name(): Could not
> > acquire the session service as it is already taken.  Return: 3
> > ** (nm-applet:6195): WARNING **: <WARN>  constructor(): Couldn't
> > initialize the D-Bus manager.
> >
> > Is it a bug?
> Not really.  NM is fired up for the first desktop user and sets the
> machine's IP address (either static or via DHCP).  If you have multiple
> simultaneous desktop users (I'm assuming they're coming in over vnc or
> something), then the second and subsequent simultaneous users will get
> that error.  The machine has an IP already, there's no need to do it again.
> If you're going to have multiple desktop users, I'd remove "Network
> Manager" from the users' start up programs (under Gnome:
> System->Preferences->Startup Applications) and use the old-style
> /etc/rc.d/init.d/network startup instead.

Would it be possible to write a patch that allows NM to detect if this has 
already been done?

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