Bug 771673 - NM's ifcfg plugin should not write GATEWAYn
NM's ifcfg plugin should not write GATEWAYn
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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Depends On: 708409
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Reported: 2012-01-04 10:14 EST by Bill Nottingham
Modified: 2014-08-20 09:30 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2014-08-20 09:30:32 EDT
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Description Bill Nottingham 2012-01-04 10:14:40 EST
If you're doing multiple addresses, NM's connection editor/ifcfg plugin will write

as configuration items.

GATEWAYn is arguably invalid - even if you have multiple addresses on a device, you can't have multiple gateways. (Unless I'm missing something?)
Comment 1 Jirka Klimes 2012-01-09 10:00:34 EST
Of course, there's just one default route and and NM takes it from the first address (that is address/prefix/gateway triplet).
In case of one address, there's no problem as we only have one gateway.
However, in case of multiple addresses the things gets complicated, because all of a sudden, we have more gateways. We want to save gateway part of the triplet for all addresses, so ifcfg-rh uses GATEWAYn.

Storing addresses:

That's why I posted a patch for initscripts to read the gateway from the first address (be it GATEWAY, GATEWAY0, GATEWAY1 or GATEWAY2):

I suggested in bug 604334 that the gateway part of the address may be redundant, but the Dan preferred to have it with an IP:

Also, for IPv6 (bug 604334), ifcfg-rh plugin uses IPV6_DEFAULTGW for the default route from ifcfg file (if not present then from global /etc/sysconfig/network). (Here, I think, initscripts should add the description that IPV6_DEFAULTGW can be set in ifcfg file too; this is necessary to have default gateway per network and not just global).
There was no variable to store gateways for multiple addresses for IPv6 (such as IPV6_DEFAULTGW<n>), so NM now simple looses those when writting to ifcfg.

All in all, I think we should come to a conclusion how to store/read the addresses, so that initscripts and NM are consistent and there's no confusion.
Backwards compatibility may make it harder, though. Any thoughts, suggestions?
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2012-01-09 17:05:23 EST
Hm, I see why you might want to store it, but it still doesn't read right, as if you have multiple addresses, it will only ever use the first one.
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Comment 5 Jirka Klimes 2014-06-19 09:51:26 EDT
Reopening for a fix in NetworkManager ifcfg-rh plugin.

Upstream branch jk/ifcfg-rh-gateway changes a way NM writes the stuff.
It will write the first address info as IPADDR, PREFIX and GATEWAY instead of IPADDR0, PREFIX0, GATEWAY0.
Comment 6 Jirka Klimes 2014-06-19 10:42:58 EDT
We might also prefix GATEWAY1, GATEWAY_2, ... with "NM_", or use another variable name in order not to confuse users. But it would make backwards compatibility much harder.
Comment 7 Dan Williams 2014-06-20 19:09:12 EDT
Patch looks good to me.
Comment 8 Jirka Klimes 2014-06-23 09:07:59 EDT
The patch pushed to upstream master branch:
e554ef6 ifcfg-rh: write GATEWAY instead of GATEWAY0 to be ifup-compatible (rh #771673)

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