Is it possible to manually activate an eth0 connection? - Partially SOLVED!

Leonard Chatagnier lenc5570 at
Sat Jan 24 07:18:35 UTC 2009

--- On Fri, 1/23/09, Derek Broughton <derek at> wrote:

> From: Derek Broughton <derek at>
> Subject: Re: Is it possible to manually activate an eth0 connection? - Partially SOLVED!
> To: ubuntu-users at
> Date: Friday, January 23, 2009, 12:57 PM
> Leonard Chatagnier wrote:
> > Just for what it's worth.  I blew out NM as NoOP
> and others
> > have suggested in 8.04 because it wouldn't stay
> fixed and
> > installed wicd.  I set up dhcp for my two pc lan once
> only and
> > haven't had a connection problem since. No
> argument intended;
> > just one persons experience. My experience with wicd
> has been so
> > good, I may never use NM for gnome or kde again. I
> prefer kde.
> > I expect using manual settings will be a breeze also
> but haven't
> > attempted it so far.
> I agreed that removing Network Manager was an option.  I
> know plenty of 
> people who have got around NM's problems using wicd.  I
> also know that wicd 
> isn't perfect either, and under some circumstances,
> when I tried it, it was 
> worse than NM.
> What I objected to wasn't the suggestion of dumping NM
> and replacing it with 
> wicd, but the fact that the poster made a suggestion that
> was guaranteed not 
> to work under the circumstances, _because_ the OP was using
> NM. 
Ok, got it and I was just stating my experience.  Not sure what the poster suggested
 that wouldn't work.  BTW, I just installed wicd in my intrepid machine, just back from the shop with a new MB on a new machine, because NM again screwed up resolv.conf using dhcp name server for a static setup and changed the static IP to a dhcp one. Now both machines in my lan are using dhcp addresses as I've not changed to static IPs again.  As you say neither is perfect but it seems wicd is some more stable once you set it up manually.
Leonard Chatagnier
lenc5570 at

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