convert a server to a desktop... what happened?

Donkey Hottie donkey at
Wed Jun 23 15:05:57 UTC 2010

On 23.6.2010 17:41, Patrick Doyle wrote:
> I decided I wanted a user interface on my Ubuntu 9.10 server, so I
> naively tried the following:
> $ sudo tasksel install ubuntu-desktop
> and, because I don't like middle-of-the-night-after-a-power-failure
> surprises, I rebooted the machine once that completed.
> Much to my surprise, the machine now has a new IP address, despite the
> fact that /etc/network/interfaces says:
> # This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
> # and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).
> # The loopback network interface
> auto lo
> iface lo inet loopback
> # The primary network interface
> auto eth0
> iface eth0 inet static
>      address a.b.c.d
>      netmask
>      gateway a.b.0.1
> Does anybody have any idea what just happened here?

A damned package called "Network Manager" was probably installed. It is
a pain... I have no idea how to remove it. I tried to purge it, and
network just died, no matter what I had in /etc/network/interfaces.

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