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Network Manager

In summary Network Manager is a connection manager and right now supports working with Ethernet/PPP/Wireless.

Network Manager attempts to make networking invisible. When moving into areas you've been before, Network Manager automatically connects to the last network the user chose to connect to. Likewise, when back at the desk, Network Manager will switch to the faster, more reliable wired network connection.

Latest release

It is recommended distributions use Network Manager 0.7 from subversion.

Mailing list

Network Manager has its own mailing list.

wpa_supplicant usage

In order to associate to a wireless network and scan NM uses wpa_supplicant as its back-end.

Debugging Network Manager

If you have issues with Network Manager we recommend you start Network Manager with debugging options.

Hacking on Network Manager

In order to build NetworkManager you need the GNOME script, found in the 'gnome-common' SVN module. Grab that and install it, if you don't have it already:

svn co svn:// gnome-common
cd gnome-common
./ --prefix=/usr
cd macros2
sudo make install

Next, grab NetworkManager from SVN HEAD. To checkout and build from SVN HEAD:

svn co svn:// NetworkManager
cd NetworkManager
./ --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
sudo make install

And if you want to play with the applet, you need network-manager-applet, too:

svn co svn:// network-manager-applet
cd NetworkManager
./ --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
sudo make install

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