resolvconf, dnsmasq, network manager (was Re: resolv.conf file keeps getting rewritten)

Jeff Waugh jeff.waugh at
Thu Mar 3 20:26:59 CST 2005

<quote who="Elliot F">

> >It's early days for NetworkManager, and it has been going through very
> >active development, and a lot of architectural change. We weren't
> >satisfied that it was ready for hoary, and for a while, it looked like it
> >was not going to be appropriate at all. But that's been resolved now. It
> >is not Red Hat centric, previous versions have been fairly easily ported.
> What were the architectural problems?  The only doc's I've found make it
> look a fair amount like netapplet:  A daemon that configs/scans networks
> with ties to hal, communicating via dbus to a user applet.  I plead
> ignorance.  Any enlightenment would be appreciated.

It's way more advanced than netapplet. At one stage, it looked like the
developers were going to integrate new DNS caching and DHCP client code, but
that has mostly been avoided now, and there are more avenues for

> > It's highly likely that we will ship, or use NetworkManager by default,
> > in an upcoming release.
> This is a choice over the prior preference of netapplet?

We looked at using netapplet for hoary, but we won't be shipping it. The
right choice for the future, when it's ready, is NetworkManager.

- Jeff

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