[Freedombox-discuss] Guidance needed to add a new "connection" form for ppp.

James Valleroy jvalleroy at mailbox.org
Tue Feb 21 20:50:57 UTC 2017

On 02/19/2017 03:20 PM, A. F. Cano wrote:
> I notice that there is still no option to create an interface of type cdma
> (for ppp).  Rather than using nmcli like I did the first time, I would like
> to set up an additional menu entry and form to enter what minimal data is
> needed.  That way, the interface will be properly known to plinth and fully
> integrated.
> I believe the only options that need to be set explicitely are:
> nmcli con add con-name "ppp" type cdma  # set by the connection type menu entry
> nmcli con modify "ppp" connection.zone external # can be set automatically?
> nmcli con modify "ppp" cdma.username qnc	# qnc can possibly be a default
> nmcli con modify "ppp" cdma.password qnc	# but should be changeable
> Other options (such as the phone number (#777) have good default values
> for the cdma type.
> Can someone point me to either documentation on how to do that or
> where the existing forms are so I can use them as examples?

You will want to create a subclass of ConnectionForm in the networks module:
There are examples in that file for generic, ethernet, PPPoE, and wifi
connection forms.

You will also need to update utility functions in this file:
Those functions do the actual work (of passing configuration to

For more general information, see the developer manual:

> Finally, a few observations:
> Last I heard someone was working on porting shaarli to the current php.
> That was the first application I tried and I really miss it.  Any idea when
> it might be available again?

I updated the packaging repository at

One thing that is missing is a new dependency, which also needs to be
packaged: https://github.com/shaarli/netscape-bookmark-parser

I guess it won't be in the Stretch release, anyway.


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