Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 74527
/sbin not in path so ifup doesn't work in modemlights
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
The modem lights applet (/usr/libexec/modemlights_applet2) apparently does not work.
When I click in it, nothing happens.
The reason for the problem is that, with the default settings, the connexion
command is "ifup ppp0". But ifup is in /sbin, which is not in path for normal
users. Although the problem is easy to workaround once you know the reason, from
the point of view of a new user the applet is completly non-functional.
In addition, I miss the old modem applet in Redhat 7.3, which had a better user
interface: the user selected the Internet provider name, instead of having
to type the command.
The ifup command should have been fixed in final release.
Nope, I have the same problem in 8.0. The reason seems to be exactly what the
reported explained, ifup is located in /sbin, which the applet can't find when
run as a normal user.
I have just installed Redhat 8.0 final (an update over Redhat 7.3) and can also
confirm that the problem exits.
As a modest suggestion, seeing that the new dialer has less features than the
old, isn't this an example of the software rewrite sindrome (
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000069.html ) ?
I don't think modemlights is a new rewrite; it has existed forever, it predates
the rp3 dialer applet which is probably what you are missing.
Thanks for confirming bug still there.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 69971 ***
Why was rp3 dialer removed?
I don't know why it was removed. My guess is that it didn't work
and people didn't have time to fix it.