Bug 457098 - [enh] don't clear statically assigned ethernet addresses on terminate
[enh] don't clear statically assigned ethernet addresses on terminate
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Dan Williams
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-07-29 12:03 EDT by Steve Whitehouse
Modified: 2009-07-14 11:15 EDT (History)
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Description Steve Whitehouse 2008-07-29 12:03:40 EDT
If I chkconfig NetworkManager off then it removes all the IP addresses on my
devices despite the fact that they were set statically with the ifcfg-* files.
Since NetworkManager seems to be the default for installation, that means you
can't easily turn if off on a remote install without risking losing connectivity.
Comment 1 Niels Haase 2009-04-07 17:26:49 EDT
Reporter, could you please check if NM_CONTROLLED=no is set in

Have you upgraded to Fedora 10 or Rawhide? In either case, can you let us know whether the issue is still happening, and give the current version of the NetworkManager packages you're using. Thank you.

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Comment 2 Steve Whitehouse 2009-04-08 04:58:36 EDT
I have upgraded to F-10 and I've already reported three further bugs against NetworkManager as a result. This bug was reported over 6 months ago, so it should hardly be a surprise if I'm not still waiting for this bug to be resolved.

I suggest that it would be a good plan to not turn NetworkManager on by default in Fedora until it works a bit more reliably.

I honestly don't remember whether NM_CONTROLLED was set or not now. Probably not though since I was using chkconfig to turn it off. I didn't see any repeat of this particular issue with F-10, but there are still obviously a number of issues which are still remaining.
Comment 3 Dan Williams 2009-04-08 11:51:14 EDT
It's expected that shutting down NM will shut down your network connections.  What's the real problem here?  "Statically set in ifcfg files" doesn't mean anything becuase that's the *config* storage, not network state.  Network state is a lot more than config in ifcfg files.

If you're doing a remote install, I'm sure you know how you'd like to configure your system, right?  Or you're using kickstart?  Or you're customizing the installed package set?  If you're doing that, then you can easily turn off NetworkManager if it's not applicable to your use-case.

That said, we may be doing some work to handle this for static IP ethernet situations only, so marking this properly as an enhancement request.
Comment 4 Steve Whitehouse 2009-04-08 13:24:43 EDT
Well, I'm trying to remember what I was doing now... it was a long time back :-) I suspect it was my development machine and I was using DRAC to do it, so that it was a remote cdrom boot for a network install. It wasn't kickstart anyway.

So yes, you could turn it off if you knew that it was going to be an issue in the first place....
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