[Pkg-utopia-maintainers] Bug#649041: network-manager-gnome: cannot turn on wifi after it has been turned off

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Thu Nov 17 03:22:03 UTC 2011

Package: network-manager-gnome
Severity: important

Hi all,

it seems that something is quite broken in n-m-gnome: First of all there
is the problem that I cannot *disconnect* from a WLAN network without
actually turning of the WLAN with the rfkill mechanism. Clicking on
the "ON - OFF" button in the n-m-g applet actually soft-disables (rfkill)
the device. THis will be a different bug, because this is *mis*behavour.

What I am reporting here is much worse: After having disabled it with
the "ON - OFF" button in nm-applet, I cannot turn it on again. Clicking
on the button again does nothing, and the output of rfkill command
shows that the wlan device is still soft blocked:
$ rfkill list
0: sony-wifi: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: yes
        Hard blocked: no

Now, that is a pain ... what I had to do is call
        rfkill unblock wifi
on the command line to get it running again.

I was considering to file this as serious bug, as it requires very uncommon
and for most users not known action to reactivate networking.

Thanks and all the best


Norbert Preining                preining@{jaist.ac.jp, logic.at, debian.org}
JAIST, Japan                                   TeX Live and Debian Developer
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