On Tuesday 14 March 2006 22:39, Paul Mc Auley wrote:
>> The general idea of what I have in mind is to be able to determine from a
> script or unprivileged program if there is a live cable in the ethernet
> port at the back of the machine.
I agree - Linux is really bad at telling you the obvious.
Windows will tell you "the device is working properly"
(even if to all intents and purposes it is not).
It's really annoying to me that my WiFi card can be flashing away,
sending packets to god knows where,
but as far as Linux is concerned it is dead as the dodo.
I did try NetworkManager, as recommended in this thread,
some time ago, and not only did it not work with my card,
it re-wrote files all over the place
and I found recovery from it very time-consuming.
It may work better now - I know there is intense development,
with new patches put out almost every day.
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