NetworkManager dependency

Michael McConville mmcco at
Sun Dec 27 17:41:21 EST 2015

Ethan Blanton wrote:
> Gary Kramlich spake unto us the following wisdom:
> > Wait, are we actually talking about disabling by default instead of
> > updating to the newer version that'll make things better?
> I think they're two separate issues, actually.  But a newer version of
> NM won't really *fix* its crapitudity, it's rather endemic.  It will
> just take care of some specific complaints we have (the nature of
> which I don't recall at the moment).
> I am ambivalent on enable or disable by default; I simply said that it
> may be reasonable to disable by default.  Mike simply uses systems
> that don't work properly with a wide range of software (including NM),
> so he doesn't like it. ;-)

True, to an extent.  :-)  NM does seem like an eminently optional add-on
feature, though. As far as I can tell, we only use it to get a hint of
whether the network is up.

I'm also biased against NM in general, having fought its VPN-related
bugs in the past.

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