I have enabled NetworkManager with chkconfig, but it does not start on boot. I
get the following in the logs:
Dec 16 19:32:14 think NetworkManager: <info> starting...
Dec 16 19:32:14 think NetworkManager: <WARN> nm_hal_manager_new(): Could not
initialize connection to the HAL daemon.
I'm not sure why it fails; if I start it after logging in, it works fine. This
is after disabling some unused services: auditd autofs avahi-daemon firstboot
gpm microcode_ctl nfslock pcscd rpcbind rcpgssd rpcidmapd. However, I tried
re-enabling those services and still NM doesn't start at boot.
Okay, I figured it out; this is a bug in the startup script priority. NM
requires haldaemon, but both are set to start at priority 98. I had set
LC_COLLATE=C in /etc/sysconfig/i18n, and that caused S98NetworkManager to sort
before S98haldaemon. I don't know which should be changed, but depending on
sort order (beyond the numeric part) is probably a bad idea.
I have moved S98haldaemon to S97haldaemon in /etc/rc5.d. It seems to work well
without any side-effect.
'Cause all the remaining S98 terms are devoted to network and printer softwares,
I think this might be proper relocation.
Can haldaemon's init script be changed like this? It really only makes sense;
there are things that depend on haldaemon, so 98 is pretty late in the boot
order to start.
98 really does seem quite late. It seems that haldaemon and NetworkManager
really should be much earlier. I have trouble starting services in 99/local
that need the network up.
What does haldaemon really need? Messagebus? Perhaps S28/K72?
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