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Switching Network Configurations

Tagged with: — ondrej at 10:54 pm on Monday, September 25, 2006

Larry the CowI use my notebook mainly on two places: work and home. Each of this places has different network configurations — at work I have a fixed IP, at home I have a DHCP server.

Actually there is a very nice application for changing network configurations (or, if you like, profiles) — QuickSwitch (emerge quickswitch).

Everything is also explained in a tutorial and a Gentoo newsletter (btw. two years old ;).

And one more thing about the network configurations: I have to use two mail servers, so for my Thunderbird I defined only one mailserver — I called it mailserver. Then I have two hosts files: /etc/hosts.home and /etc/hosts.work, where an alias is set, e.g.:

  1. 123.456.789.012    mail.chello.sk     mailserver

In a QuickSwitch configuration the hosts file can be set with the usehosts=/etc/hosts.home line. It will create a symbolic link.

The actual configuration is changed very easily:
switchto home
or
switchto work

Nice, isn’t it? :)

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