Moving towards NetworkManager

Oliver Grawert ogra at
Fri Jul 29 13:15:52 UTC 2016

On Fr, 2016-07-29 at 14:48 +0200, Josef Wolf wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 01:50:30PM +0200, Oliver Grawert wrote:
> > 
> > looks more like an install time thing, i.e. a replacement for
> > netcfg in
> > debian-installer, the network bit in ubiquity, the cloud-init
> > network
> > configuration and snappys first boot network setup for embedded
> > systems. it seems to try to find a unified way for all the
> > different
> > install variants currently used in ubuntu.
> So after install, automated configuration systems will still have to
> cope with
> different ways to set up networking?
well, i assume you can always force a re-generation by the tool, but by
default you would use the networking tool config that your installation
prefers ... i could be totally off track here, you really have to ask
the developers :) 

> When writing this, I had networkd and NM in mind. I was not after
> netplan.
heh, sorry ... reflexes of an old ubuntu developer ... if someone says 
NIH i go into defensive mode and expect you refer to ubuntu development
... :)

> > 
> > > 
> > > BTW: Some years ago, network interfaces used to be called ethXX
> > > or
> > > wlanXX or ethXX.YY or something.
> > thats an invention of the systemd upstream people IIRC ...
> >
> > kInterfaceNames/
> Looks like a fix of a non-existing problem, IMHO.
well, there seemingly are problems if you run linux on a virtual switch
with dynamically generated interfaces or special servers which use bios
names for devices or some such, i guess linux has grown into areas
where it had not been used before, it might not affect your desktop or
home server install but there might actually be usecases for it ...

this is like bringing support for 1024 partitions to the kernel, 90% of
linux users will never need such a feature, but it needs to be there
for ... well. supercomputing, big data mangement, massive cloud servers
or whatever.

(i find it super ugly as well, but i guess there were actual reasons to
invest worktime to implement it)

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