[PC-BSD Testing] network configuration (advanced) screen

Dru Lavigne drulavigne at sympatico.ca
Mon Sep 6 09:44:43 PDT 2010

The following is weird in System Settings -> System Network Configuration -> Network Configuration Advanced:

- even if you double-click the interface to configure it (which 
correctly prompts for su password), those creds do not get passed to the
 Advanced tab, meaning that by default everything is greyed out and 
inaccessible (confusing to users)--you can click on the Change 
Configuration button to be prompted for su password, but this opens up a
 different screen with a different layout and different choices (more 
confusing). I'm wondering if there is a way to let this entire GUI cache
 the password so users don't have to be prompted for it everytime they 
click on a different interface or configuration button. Also, it may be 
less confusing if the initial Advanced screen looks the same as the 
secondary Advanced screen (after the user authenticates)

- the secondary Advanced screen does not contain the Help, Defaults, 
Reset or Apply buttons which are greyed out the entire time in the 
primary screen, making help inaccessible and the user unsure if their 
changes are actually applied


- move the Defaults, Reset or Apply buttons to the secondary screen 
(those seen after the user types in su password) as they are only useful
 there; either that or don't open a second screen, simply activate 
everything in the Advanced tab after authentication

- activate the Help button everywhere

- require only one authentication while in this GUI



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