Since I don't use GNOME now and try wmii, the nm-applet is no longer available for me.I know there is nmcli for the control. What I'm really interested in is that can it really be a substitute for nm-applet.
man nmcli, there are these words, which makes me confused:
It is not meant as a replacement of nm-applet or other similar clients.
What does other similar clients mean?
The use case comprise:
Servers, headless machines:No GUI is available; then nmcli is used to talk directly to NetworkManager and control only system-wide connections.
User sessions: For this case,
nmclican talk to
nm-appletto find user connections.It can still talk directly to NetworkManager for manipulating these connections. As
nmclidoesn't have direct access to user configuration data in GConf,
nm-applethandles that itself. That may, for example, cause the applet to pop up keyring dialogs when secrets are needed.
nmclican work directly without X, Why can't it work as well when secrets are needed?
PS. Is there any alternate easy approach to control connections using command line?