Easier way to restart networking in Ubuntu?

Posted on 2008-09-29
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Last Modified: 2013-11-15
For some unknown reason my Ubuntu file server seems to loose it's connection to the network. I was wondering if there is a simple way in Ubunutu to create a "application" that will just perform a command line action. The command I want to invoke is:

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

That way I can tell someone over the phone to just run the "Restart Network" application on the desktop instead og getting them to find the terminal, type sudo etc... I don't mind them typing in the admin password, but if they didn't have to that would be super!

Question by:cawthron

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pointerstop earned 2000 total points
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In the first place, if you really want to run "networking restart", then just right-click on the desktop, select "Create New ... Link to application", and enter the command you "sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart" as the application.

Don't forget to give the user who's going to execute that "sudo" access, via visudo

However, you'd be better off, as a temporary workaround!, writing a script that checks if the interface is up, and if not, "ups" it, then run it from cron every minute.

Even better would be to figure out what takes down the interface.

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Thanks pointershop.

I knew there was a a way to create apps from commands somewhere!

Will work on fixing problem this weekend, for now this fix will do - I think it has something to do with a faulty Cnet PCI network card - as I have exact same setup on another box and there is no problems. Hopefully when I swap out the card all will be fixed, if not..... I'll be back!

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