Bug 68793 - not writing NETWORKING=YES into /etc/sysconfig/network
not writing NETWORKING=YES into /etc/sysconfig/network
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-config-network (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
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Blocks: 67217
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Reported: 2002-07-14 06:46 EDT by Michael Schwendt
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Description Michael Schwendt 2002-07-14 06:46:06 EDT
Description of problem:
These are two related bugs in one report.

This is about installing Red Hat Linux without "network support" and then adding
networking components after installation.

1. Upon adding and configuring a network device with redhat-config-network, it
should write NETWORKING=yes into /etc/sysconfig/network.

2. At the same time, it should be capable of replacing an existing NETWORKING=no
definition in /etc/sysconfig/network.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. rm -f /etc/sysconfig/network
2. rm -f $(find /etc/sysconfig -name ifcfg\*)
3. redhat-config-network
4. create profile, e.g. Ethernet device
5. save changes and exit
6. grep NETWORKING /etc/sysconfig/network

Actual Results:  Nothing (i.e. NETWORKING variable not defined in

Expected Results:  NETWORKING=yes

Additional info:

When NETWORKING=no exists in /etc/sysconfig/network, redhat-config-network does
NOT replace it either. It should replace NETWORKING=no with NETWORKING=yes.

Various initscripts check for NETWORKING=no, e.g. "service network restart"
would exit silently and would not start a newly configured network.

A related bug exists in Anaconda, which doesn't write NETWORKING=no if network
support is not installed.
Comment 1 Harald Hoyer 2002-07-17 08:24:57 EDT
fixed in CVS
Comment 2 Jay Turner 2002-07-29 13:39:38 EDT
I'm still seeing some problems with redhat-config-network-1.1.12-1.  When first
configuring a network interface, I'm not getting "NETWORKING=yes" written to the
/etc/sysconfig/network file.  I am seeing it get changed from 'no' to 'yes' in
the second case above though.
Comment 3 Michael Schwendt 2002-07-29 14:26:08 EDT
Limbo's installer _always_ writes NETWORKING=yes into /etc/sysconfig/network,
regardless of whether any network devices are found or configured, respectively.
This is a change compared with previous versions (Skipjack, Valhalla) where
installation without "Network Support" would not write into /etc/sysconfig/network. 

Nevertheless, redhat-config-network should make sure that it maintains the
NETWORKING variable in /etc/sysconfig/network and adds NETWORKING=yes, if it
doesn't exist already.

NETWORKING=no, however, is a documented features and supported by a lot of
initscripts, so that should be dealt with, too.
Comment 4 Harald Hoyer 2002-08-13 08:20:31 EDT
ok, fixed ... in case we have devices neat writes/changes to
Comment 5 Jay Turner 2002-08-13 15:20:12 EDT
Fix confirmed with redhat-config-network-1.1.15-1.

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