Automatic reconnect to wireless network

Derek Broughton news at
Sun Jul 20 17:23:11 BST 2008

O. Sinclair wrote:

> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> O. Sinclair wrote:
>>> Donn wrote:
>>>> On Friday, 18 July 2008 18:47:19 Derek Broughton wrote:
>>>>> This is true.  Network manager doesn't understand the use of multiple
>>>>> concurrent interfaces
>>>> Does 'network manager' mean a gui thing (my laptop runs Ubuntu) or is
>>>> it some lower-level thing? It seems weird that it can't handle eth0 and
>>>> wireless at the same time -- even Windoze can do it!
>>> this seems to be hardware dependent from my experience. In my Dell I can
>>> use both (or rather the computer is aware of both even if a cable is in
>>> the wired socket or not) while on an HP I installed a couple of weeks
>>> only one is active - and the wireless simply "disappears" when you
>>> insert a cable.
>> It shouldn't be hardware - it should be a matter of whether you have the
>> wired interface defined in /etc/network/interfaces.  If it isn't, it's
>> handled by Network manager, which is only going to handle one interface
>> at
>> a time.  If it is, network manager will ignore it.
> I don't, wicd goes nuts if you mess the interfaces manually.

Well, as I said - wicd isn't always the answer :-)  NM simply doesn't handle
interfaces that have been configured manually.

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