Bug 97027 - redhat-config-network discards entries in /etc/ppp/chap-secrets
Summary: redhat-config-network discards entries in /etc/ppp/chap-secrets
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-config-network (Show other bugs)
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Version: 9
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Harald Hoyer
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: 97029 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: rcn-modem
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Reported: 2003-06-09 11:49 UTC by bastiaan
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:54 UTC (History)
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Fixed In Version: system-config-network-1.3.26-1
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Last Closed: 2005-09-20 12:12:51 UTC
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Description bastiaan 2003-06-09 11:49:31 UTC
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Description of problem:
If you have entries in /etc/ppp/chap-secrets for connections
redhat-config-network does not know about, e.g. for pptp, these entries will be
lost upon a 'File/Save'. 
It does not matter whether these entries are inside the '####
redhat-config-network ....' demarked section or not.
Also it does not matter whether the changes to be saved have anything to do with
PPP / CHAP or not.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. echo '"testclient" "testserver" "testpass"' >> /etc/ppp/chap-secrets
2. start redhat-config-network
3. edit a setting
4. choose 'File/Save'
5. cat /etc/ppp/chap-secrets

Actual Results:  The 'testclient' entry is gone.

Expected Results:  The 'testclient' entry should have stayed in place.

Additional info:

Comment 1 bastiaan 2003-06-09 12:17:07 UTC
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

Comment 2 Harald Hoyer 2003-06-10 15:17:33 UTC
Please try:

and downgrade rhpl, if necessary with --force :)

Comment 3 Harald Hoyer 2003-06-10 15:18:09 UTC
*** Bug 97029 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 4 bastiaan 2003-06-10 19:35:34 UTC
OK, I up- and downgraded to 

Now redhat-config-network fails to startup. Traceback:

Component: redhat-config-network
Version: 1.2.9
Summary: TB NCDevADSL.py:33:load:NameError: global name 'ConfDevice' is not defined
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/sbin/redhat-config-network-gui", line 156, in main
    window = mainDialog()
line 169, in __init__
line 238, in load
line 245, in loadDevices
line 263, in getDeviceList
line 117, in load
line 33, in load
NameError: global name 'ConfDevice' is not defined
Local variables in innermost frame:
self: Device.Type=xDSL
name: DePoort

Comment 5 Harald Hoyer 2003-06-11 07:41:04 UTC
ok, second try, same ftp location, version 1.2.9-2

Comment 6 bastiaan 2003-06-11 20:25:42 UTC
upgraded to redhatc-config-network-1.2.9-2 and rhpl-0.105.1-2.

This is much bettter:
* It does not crash on start
* It remembers the password for the xDSL connection

Some things are still broken:
* It still discards my PPTP passwords in /etc/ppp/chap-secrets. Surprisingly
enough it leaves the comments by pptp-php-gtk.php intact.
* If you change the login name of the xDSL connection, redhat-config-network,
does create a new entry with the name in /etc/ppp/chap-secrets, but does not
remove the old entry.

Something that may or not be intended behaviour:
redhat-config-network actually creates two lines in chap-secrets:
"username" <tab> "nickname" <tab> "password"
"username" <tab> * <tab> "password"

The second line will generate a conflict if you have another PPP connection with
the same username.

Also, at least in my case the server field should not contain the device
nickname but the AC-Name. (I've worked around this by choosing the nickname of
the device to equal the AC-Name, but this results in problems when trying to
enable the device at boot time, see bug #97030).

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