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Re: Network Manager Service

From: Chris Marusich
Subject: Re: Network Manager Service
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:25:43 -0800
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Chris Marusich <address@hidden> writes:

> address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:
>> Hello!
>> address@hidden skribis:
>>> On 2016-12-01 06:06, Chris Marusich wrote:
>>>> I tried this unsuccessfully.  When I check the box ('Make available to
>>>> other users') and then hit the "Apply" button, a window pops up asking
>>>> me to enter the password for the "Administrator".  My account has sudo
>>>> permission, so I tried typing in the password I use when I run sudo.
>>>> However, that didn't work (the authentication apparently failed), so I
>>>> wasn't able to set the option.
>>> Chris, try typing the root password.
>> So what’s the conclusion here?
>> If Network Manager works as expected, we should consider adding it to
>> ‘%desktop-services’.
>> Thanks,
>> Ludo’.

OK, so Network Manager can be used, but I wouldn't say it's flawless.  I
still prefer wicd, so I don't think we should replace wicd with Network
Manager just yet.  Specifically, I expect that it will automatically
connect to my wireless network when I've checked the "Connect
automatically" box and left the "Make available to other users" box
unchecked.  However, Network Manager fails to auto-connect in that case.
This issue is present in other distros [1], but supposedly auto-connect
works as expected on Debian [2].  I haven't tried it on Debian, so I
can't confirm yet.

Yes, it's true that on GuixSD, if you check the "Make available to other
users" box, auto-connect works.  However, this workaround requires root
to have a password [3], and it's just that: a workaround.



[3] The reason it requires the root password is apparently because of
our PolKit rules.  We should probably adjust the PolKit rules for this
action so that the "wheel" group members can do it, not just the root
user.  That way, I could authenticate using my own password (since I am
in the "wheel" group for sudo access already), and I wouldn't have to
give root a password.


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