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Turn net-setup.sh into a function library
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Oct 2016, 05:09    Post subject:  Turn net-setup.sh into a function library
Subject description: Useful, for getting interface information to pass to wifi-setup

net-setup.sh was a script originated by Barry Kauler in 2004 and later enhanced by others. It is useful for finding and loading network interfaces. It is called in network configuration through the following actions.

In the menu select
Setup -> "Internet Connection Wizard"

which loads the script:

If you then select the button which says
"Wired or Wireless Land"
a new wizard is loaded for wired & wireless LANs. This new wizard is defined in the file:

This wizard gives three choices of wizards for configuring wired or wireless LAN. They are:

"Simple Network Setup"


"Network WIzard"

it is the last option which loads:


The description for the wizard is

This is the most sophisticated tool for network setup in PUppy. It is based on the 'Classic' Network Wizard originaly written by BarryK, but greatly enhanced by Doubal, Rarsa, Shinobar and others. It is for both wired (Ethernet) and wireless connectivity, with more configuration features than Frisbee and SNS

The strength of this wizard from my experience is that it is able to load network drives which cannot be loaded by the "Simple Network Connection Wizard".

The line numbers that I will quote in the following text assume the user is using tahrpup but the script should be similar in most recent versions of puppylinux (fatdog64 being a notable exception).

The first problem area to fix is the script sets an app directory based on where the function is called from. This may make it easy to move the script but it is problematic if we try to load the script into the current evaluation context using the source operator.

To remady this I changed lines 75 to 78 of net-setup.sh from

APPDIR="$(dirname $0)"
[ "$APPDIR" = "." ] && APPDIR="$(pwd)"


if ! [ -n "$APPDIR" ]; then
  APPDIR="$(dirname $0)"
  [ "$APPDIR" = "." ] && APPDIR="$(pwd)"

what this does is allows you to set the variable APPDIR outside of net-setup.sh. (I need to test to see whether an export statement is required).

I could add a second test that checks if the evaluation context is something other than net-setup.sh. We will see this trick below for a different application.

The next thing that you have to do is to ensure that the following functions



will not be loaded by default when the script is loaded into the current evaluation context via the source operator.

The evaluation context can be obtained by the code

CURRENT_CONTEXT=$(expr "$0" : '.*/\(.*\)$' )

and then if CURRENT_CONTEXT does not equal net-setup.sh we know the script was loaded via the source operator rather than called as a separate subshell. In the prior case we which to avoid calling the functions mentioned above.

To accomplish this lines 1809 to 1842 of my net-setup.sh look as follows

#=============== START OF SCRIPT BODY ====================

# Cleanup older temp files (in case didn't exit nicely last time)
# Do we have pcmcia hardware?...
if elspci -l | grep -E -q '60700|60500' ; then

BGCOLOR="#ffe0e0" #light red.

CURRENT_CONTEXT=$(expr "$0" : '.*/\(.*\)$' )
if [ "${CURRENT_CONTEXT}" = "net-setup.sh" ] ; then



  # Dougal: clean up /tmp

  #v411 BK hack to remove old network wizard configs so rc.sysinit won't use them if old wizard installed...
  [ "`ls -1 /etc/network-wizard/network/interfaces 2>/dev/null`" != "" ] && rm -f /etc/*[0-9]mode
#================ END OF SCRIPT BODY =====================

Now that we have done this we can test out some of the functions in the script. From the following

root# getInterfaceList
root# echo "$INTERFACES"
eth0 ra0

we see that the function getInterfaceList simply returns the names of the interfaces. While on the surface this doesn't seem very usefully it let's me know what other functions are looking for. I know that ra0 is the interface for my wireless network dongle. And I expect that this information is needed as inputs to other functions.

So based on this let's try

root# findInterfaceInfo "ra0"
Wireless usb usb Ralink 11n Adapter

This might be useful and if not being able to call the function individually from the command line will make it easier for someone to understand how the network wizards work.

As a final note the function configureWirless of net-setup.sh assigns it's first argument to a variable called interface. Let's assume it is looking for something along the lines of "ra0". In the second line of the function configureWirless there is the following statement

showProfilesWindow "$INTERFACE"

the function showProfilesWindow is from the file:

wag-profiles.sh when called as a sub-shell loads a wizard for connecting your wireless interface to a network device via wirelss Ethernet. However, it does not assign an ip adress. The ip adress is assigned in the wizard which called net-setup.sh (or equivlanetly the showProfilesWindow() function)

Alternatively, If wag-profiles.sh is called via the source operatoer then it acts as a function library.

My next goal is to use the functions in both:
net-setup.sh and wag-profiles.sh to configure my network without using the network wizards. I will probably explain this in a separate thread.

In this thread I will explore more of the functions in net-setup.sh via the command line.

***As a final disclaimer, net-setup.sh is called from many files within puppylinux. We can see which files by using a grep command. I cannot promise that my modifications won't break anything. I will let people know whether I have any issues with my mods.
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Oct 2016, 06:00    Post subject:  

As planned, I buit a connect script, using the functions which were part of the network wizard.

My connect script is as follows:


PROFILE_TITLE="TELUS7201" #See Line 1039 of /usr/sbin/wag-profiles.sh

. /usr/sbin/net-setup.sh
# This also indirectly loads:
# /usr/sbin/ndiswrapperGUI.sh
# /usr/sbin/wag-profiles.sh
# See lines 117 and 118 pf wag-profile.sh of 

#The next three lines essentially do the same thing as the loadProfileData()
# function (line 1036 of /usr/sbin/wag-profiles.sh)
PROFILE_FILE=$( grep -l "TITLE=\"${PROFILE_TITLE}\"" ${PROFILES_DIR}/*.conf | head -n1 )

#the function "useProfile calls the appropriate wpa method to connect to the wireless gateway.

#This function is from line 198 of /usr/sbin/wag-profiles.sh
# It is called from line 1103 of /usr/sbin/net-setup.sh within the function
# showConfigureInterfaceWindow(). A screen shot of the GUI rendered by
# showConfigureINterfaceWindow can be found at:
# http://www.pearltrees.com/s243a/net-setup-usr-sbin-puppylinux/id16402846/item186280428

route del default gw eth0

The last line seems out of place but for some reason a default gateway gets created for my ethernet interface. I don't want this because I'm using the usb interface for a wifi connection to the internet and hard wired Ethernet just for a local network.

My internet deosn't seem to work when there are two default gateways. See my other (thread), so I must delete the default gatway for the hard wired interface by the method shown above.

Regarding my original post, modifying net-setup.sh probably wasn't necessary for my above script to run. However, the modifications noted in the original post did help me better understand how the network wizards worked and therefore indirectly helped me write this script.
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PostPosted: Wed 12 Oct 2016, 08:42    Post subject:  

if ! [ -n "$APPDIR" ]; then
  APPDIR="$(dirname $0)"
  [ "$APPDIR" = "." ] && APPDIR="$(pwd)"

above code could be replaced by
some bashism:

MY_SELF=`realpath "$0"`
APPDIR=${APPDIR:-`dirname "$MY_SELF"`}

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