"Disconnected - you are now offline" case needs better copy/solution

Bug #345824 reported by Mat Tomaszewski
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network-manager-applet (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

There should be a more clever solution for differentiating between "device disconnected" and "you are offline" cases. At the moment seeing "you are now offline" message every time I get disconnected is very annoying if there's only one connection source.

<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Networking#Disconnection>: "If you stop any connection from software (e.g. by choosing “Disconnect” in the menu), no notification bubble should appear."

Mat Tomaszewski (mat.t.)
description: updated
Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → mpt
tags: added: notifications
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Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Setting to Triaged, there's enough information for the developer to work on it and it was already assigned to mpt, thanks.

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
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Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

technically, we can differentiate that case quite easily, we just need to know what to tell the user and how to make that read different from the case where one of many connections goes down.

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Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

e.g. we can differentiate whether the user has one or two devices; harder to guess if the user never uses wired; also personally i think its not really annoying to say: "Network Disconnected - You are now offline". Whats the problem with that?

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scott symmank (scottsymm) wrote :

the "Network Disconnected - You are now offline" bubble is annoying to me, given that i already have the wireless status on the menu bar. and the bubble kind of gets in the way, as well as the connected one.

the issue is probably compounded for me, b/c of the reduced real estate of a netbook

i came across this bug while searching for a configuration option that would turn off this feature.

ubuntu 9.10
acer aspire one

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Ted Cox (ted-m-cox) wrote :

I agree with scott symmank above. Every time I log on to my Acer AspireOne that little notification bubble pops up and won't go away -- even though I am connected to a wireless network. The only way to get of it is to click the X to close it.

Every. Single. Log in. Very annoying.

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kernc_ (kernc) wrote :

Seems like I've been able to fix this by removing all leases from /var/lib/dhcp/ and /var/lib/dhcp3/ directories.

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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Okay, how about this.

If you stop any connection from software (e.g. by choosing “Disconnect” in the menu), no notification bubble should appear.

If a connection ends in any other way, a notification bubble should appear with the icon of the connection, “Disconnected” as primary text, and the name of the connection as secondary text. If there are no other active connections, the primary text should be “Disconnected — offline”.

That still isn't supremely elegant, but at least the notification wouldn't be appearing every time you switch networks or go into flight mode.

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
assignee: Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) → nobody
status: Triaged → Confirmed
status: Confirmed → Triaged
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Rex Israel (iri) wrote :

I agree with Scott (2012-03-21 -- above) it occupies valuable space on my Netbook, too. I use a wired connection normally, as I am in marginal coverage; and my wireless tirelessly connects up when I move closer. So both work, but I am constantly bombarded by this silly message.
Can somebody pls tell me, as a Newbie, how to stop it ?
--- Rex
Mint 12
HP Pavilion dm1

description: updated
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