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I want to control Network manager from the command-line. This worked well enough in Ubuntu 10.04 (with cnetworkmanager, nmcli is another possible choice).

Since the upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 however, a D-Bus exception is raised when I attempt to activate a connection from within a SSH terminal:

org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.PermissionDenied: Not authorized to control networking.

It may have to do with /etc/dbus-1/system.d/NetworkManager.conf; where else to look for a clue ?

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If you aren't ssh'd in do you get the same issue? What user account are you running the command as? – dunxd Dec 2 '10 at 10:25
In a gnome session I don't get the same issue -- with the same (admin) user account. – epsicot Dec 4 '10 at 12:43

Why you dont use cd /etc/network/

In there you can manage networks and in /etc/resolv.conf

You need root permition

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Because I want to activate connections from a normal user's point of view: user is connected to the internet on machine A, which is linked to machine B with an ethernet cable. Sometimes A shares its internet connection via Ethernet, then the user who logged into B using ssh wants to activate a different connection than the link-local one -- maybe it's not the right place to ask – epsicot Dec 3 '10 at 17:31

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