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

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Sun Jan 31 04:40:05 EST 2010

Am 31.01.2010 01:40, schrieb James Rayner:
> On Sun, 31 Jan 2010 11:34 +1100, "James Rayner" <james at archlinux.org>
> wrote:
>> 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.
> Oops, sent to arch-dev.


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