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Month: June 2018

network problems in Devuan Jessie-Beowulf merged

From: William Morder <doctor_contendo@...>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:23:07 -0700
Okay, so new thread, and nothing about coffee, chocolate, mythical beasts, 
religious theories, or the current price of tea in China. 

I recently migrated from Debian Jessie to the Devuan Jessie-Beowulf merged 
version. My problem is, now I cannot turn off my network, nor control the 
connection at all. I was using the network-manager-tde package, which has 
always worked just fine for me. I've tried all the other network managers, 
and don't like how they behave. In particular, I want to set my network so 
that it never connects automatically, and will only connect manually. 

Also, I would like to be able to switch to another network if I so choose 
(such as, whenever I clone this system to use on my laptop, and take it to 
work remotely, like when doing research at the library). I've tried using the 
iwconfig commands

iwconfig wlan0 txpower on
iwconfig wlan0 txpower off

but these currently do nothing. When I do manage to disconnect, then I cannot 
reconnect at all, not even after reboot, and am left with no alternative but 
to reinstall my entire system. 

This does not change, not even when I reboot, not even when I uninstall (or 
purge) and reinstall the packages. I've gone through my Linux books, tried 
searching online, and thus far nobody seems to have my problem. 

Also, I need to be able to use macchanger; because I get weird situations 
where I can browse the web but not check email (almost as though I seem to be 
using two or more different connections at once); or I can check email (like 
now), but not browse the web. With macchanger, if I had those problems, I 
could always disconnect, change my local IP, then reconnect, and suddenly 
everything was fine again. The same goes for my proxy usage: I have many more 
connection issues when I do not use a proxy. 

One thing I need to do is to disable IPv6. I did some research, and found a 
reliable way to do this, and my connection immediately improved. Now, 
however, the same method doesn't seem to work, so I believe it may be that 
this is part of the problem. (I don't mind the idea of using IPv6, it's just 
that I don't know it well enough yet, and cannot find a firewall that can 
adequately deal with it according to my wishes. I want to be able to see my 
connections in real time, as in Firestarter. A cli firewall that does this, 
sort of like top, would be ideal.) I also don't mind at all using 
command-line to control the network, but I like to be able to view the 
networks within range; this is the only reason that I use a network manager. 
I've tried pretty much all of the managers: TDEnetworkmanager, 
Knetworkmanager, wpa_supplicant, Kwifimanager, and of course wicd and its 
variants. My problem with wicd is that it wants root permissions, then it 
won't allow me to use it; the only recourse is to enable it to run at startup 
(by checking all the boxes in sysv-rc-conf), so that I bypass the problem of 

The network manager applet, too, says that I am not authorized to disconnect
 or connect. This was not a problem before I migrated to Devuan; on the other 
hand, most of my other problems (mostly minor bugs) seem to have disappeared. 
For all practical purposes, I cannot use a proxy, nor am I able to do two 
things at once online. All this was working fine in Debian Jessie, but not 
since I've gone to Devuan. 

Observations and suggestions are welcome. Please feel free to trim down my 
post to specific points. 

If I disappear from the list again for a few days, you'll know why.