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Old 03-10-2011, 01:10 AM   #1
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Slackware, KDE doesnt display NIC inferfaces

Alright, so I have Slackware 13.1 x86 running almost perfect.
My wireless and wired Ethernet seem to be working great; however, System Settings >> Network Settings >> Network Settings does not display any information except for the "Domain Name System" tab. In fact pretty much everything is grayed out. Kinda odd, right?

As root "$ ifconfig -a" lists both eth0 and eth1 along with pertinent info like IP-addy, MAC, etc. So the cards are definitely detected by the base system. Oh yea, and wpa_cli lists eth1 (my Intel 2200bg wireless card) as an available adapter. However, wireshark does not list anything either. I cannot begin super-happy-fun-time analysis with wireshark unless i can select a given adapter.

Any ideas as to what may be causing the issue?

here is the relevant entry of my rc.inet1.conf

# Config information for eth0:
#IFNAME[0]="Marvel Wired'

# Config information for eth1:
#IFNAME[1]="Intel 2200bg Wireless"
I thought maybe i needed to declare an IFNAME for the adapter and that would be what Network Settings or Wireshark detected but doing so just killed my network so i commented them out.
Old 03-10-2011, 01:32 AM   #2
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interesting tidbit

When I mentioned that wpa_cli was able to find interface eth1 i remembered that I needed to provide my root password to run wpa_cli. That got me wondering if the interfaces would show up everywhere under a purely root account, so I logged out and then back in as root.

Wireshark detects all my interfaces as root but the System Settings >> Network Settings is still blank. However, the various tabs in Network Settings NOT grayed out like they are as a standard user. This doesn't surprise me because I'm sure a good sys-admin would find plenty of reasons to not want standards dinking around with that stuff. Regardless, the tabs where still blank and I was presented with an error message that said "could not parse the xml file".

Almost has to be a usage rights issue, doesn't it? What files should I look at?
Old 03-10-2011, 07:00 AM   #3
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I really don't think it's a privilege issue. Does the same thing when run as root (kdesu systemsettings).

In the for what it worth department. That has never worked for me in Slackware. I don't use it, not all that useful IMHO, so never really bothered to troubleshoot it.


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