[arch-dev-public] [arch-dev] [signoff] netcfg v2.5.1

James Rayner james at archlinux.org
Sat Jan 30 19:40:31 EST 2010

On Sun, 31 Jan 2010 11:34 +1100, "James Rayner" <james at archlinux.org>
> new netcfg in [testing] ready for signoff.
> Also, news item for the release follows below:
> netcfg v2.5.1
> This release brings a completely new auto wireless/wired configuration.
> The old net-auto is deprecated and no longer included. There are also
> some very minor configuration changes that may affect a few people.
> Move to new auto-wireless/wired
> The new automatic connection has proper roaming support and will prove
> more reliable than the old setup - particularly with more complicated
> wireless configurations.
> To migrate to the new automatic wireless setup:
> 1. pacman -S testing/wpa_actiond
> 2. Set WIRELESS_INTERFACE="" to your wireless interface in /etc/rc.conf.
> For example WIRELESS_INTERFACE="wlan0"
> 3. Add net-auto-wireless to your DAEMONS=() array.
> Note: wpa-config profiles do not work with this, convert them to
> wpa-configsection profiles. An example is included in
> /etc/network.d/examples/
> The new auto-wired uses similar configuration - follow the above
> instructions except use the net-auto-wired daemon, and WIRED_INTERFACE
> configuration option.
> New features:
> - net-auto-wireless/wpa_actiond - Real wireless roaming/auto connection.
> Based on same principle as autowifi. Requires optional dependency:
> wpa_actiond
> - net-auto-wired - automatic ethernet configuration. Requires optional
> dependency: ifplugd 
> - Interface configurations - set options for all profiles using an
> interface
> - Output hooks
> - Internal cleanup & improvement
> Internal changes:
> - Uses wpa_supplicant for all wireless configuration by default,
> including wep/none security. This adds improves support for most and
> should improve reliability. 
>   - Uses iproute by default for all static configuration. net_tools
>   which contains ifconfig is effectively obsolete and hasnt seen a
>   release for over 8 years. The 'ethernet-iproute' and 'ethernet'
>   connection types have been merged together to simply 'ethernet'. All
>   options are still supported and existing configurations will continue
>   to work for both types. A symlink has been made to ensure that
>   profiles using 'ethernet-iproute' will continue to function. 
> Changes in configuration syntax
> - net-auto and AUTO_NETWORKS is now deprecated in favour of
> net-auto-wireless/net-auto-wired. 
> - wireless: If you were previously specifying the wpa_supplicant driver
> in WPA_OPTS, you now need to specify it in WPA_DRIVER.
> - wireless: iwconfig based configuration for wep/none can be used by
> changing to wep-old or none-old. This should not be necessary and is
> left in place only for the possibility of very old drivers that do not
> support wpa_supplicant. 
> - ethernet-iproute: As 'ethernet' is now iproute based, those using
> 'ethernet-iproute' can revert the name. There is a symlink in place, so
> existing configurations of either name will continue to function
> regardless.
> - wireless-dbus: Unsupported. The wpa_supplicant dbus interface isn't
> particularly well documented and it doesn't fit well into the netcfg
> codebase. There is a symlink in place so that configurations using
> wireless-dbus will continue to function using the 'wireless' connection
> scripts.
> Download:
> netcfg 2.5.1 is in [core].
> Source: ftp://ftp.archlinux.org/other/netcfg/netcfg-2.5.1.tar.gz
> PKGBUILD: In subversion
> Documentation:
> http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Network_Profiles
> Contributors:
> I had a few big contributors to this release:
> Jim Pryor: Many internal changes and improvements
> Thomas Bächler: wpa_actiond based auto roaming/connection
> Thanks guys!
> Bugs:
> On the bug tracker as always.

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