User can't run nm-tool on 12.10 system

John Hupp jdhupp at
Mon Jan 14 14:38:59 UTC 2013

On 1/14/2013 9:30 AM, Chris Green wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 11:13:19AM -0500, John Hupp wrote:
>>   It has probably been done by a mix of Network Manager and direct editing
>>   over quite a long time.
>>   If this is the cause do you have any idea how to get back to a
>>   "completely controlled by Network Manager" situation?
>>     In /etc/network/interfaces, comment out all the stanzas except the first
>>     one for the loopback adapter.
>>     If nothing else has been changed, Network Manager should then take over.
>>     But for my purposes I also needed this work-around for one bit of bad
>>     behavior by a dnsmasq TFTP server: In /etc/dnsmasq.d/network-manager
>>     replace the "bind-interfaces" line with a "bind-dynamic" line.  You may
>>     not need this.
> Thanks, it now works, but there is one gotcha:
> It only works (as in nm-tool works for a non-root user) if that user has
> logged in to a live X desktop on the system, if there's no live login
> then I get an error message.  Logging in via a remote desktop (such as
> xrdp) doesn't work, it seems only to work with a local screen login.

I log in locally and via Linux Terminal Server.  I have zero experience 
with rdp, xrdp, etc.  Maybe someone else here can help with that.
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