Commit 644aa42f authored by Thomas Haller's avatar Thomas Haller

dns: change main.rc-manager=file behavior to always follow symlink

With "main.rc-manager=file", if /etc/resolv.conf is a symlink, NetworkManager
would follow the symlink and update the file instead.

However, note that realpath() only returns a target, if the file actually
exists. That means, if /etc/resolv.conf is a dangling symlink, NetworkManager
would replace the symlink with a file.

This was the only case in which NetworkManager would every change a symlink
resolv.conf to a file. I think this is undesired behavior.

This is a change in long established behavior. Although note that there were several
changes regarding rc-manager settings in the past. See for example commit [1] and [2].

Now, first still try using realpath() as before. Only if that fails, try
to resolve /etc/resolv.conf as a symlink with readlink().

Following the dangling symlink is likely not a problem for the user, it
probably is even desired. The part that most likely can cause problems
is if the destination file is not writable. That happens for example, if
the destination's parent directories are missing. In this case, NetworkManager
will now fail to write resolv.conf and log a warning. This has the potential of
breaking existing setups, but it really is a mis-configuration from the user's

This fixes for example the problem, if the user configures
/etc/resolv.conf as symlink to /tmp/my-resolv.conf. At boot, the file
would not exist, and NetworkManager would previously always replace the
link with a plain file. Instead, it should follow the symlink and create
the file.

[1] 718fd224
[2] 15177a34
parent 92ebd16c
......@@ -29,6 +29,8 @@ Notable changes included in this snapshot so far include:
documentation. This represents a change in behavior since previous
versions where the first character of the string was used as
type. The internal client is not affected by the change.
* DNS setting rc-manager=file now always follows dangling symlinks
instead of replacing /etc/resolv.conf with a plain file.
The following features were backported to 1.10.x releases from 1.10.0 to
1.10.8 are also present in NetworkManager-1.12:
......@@ -367,8 +367,10 @@ no-auto-default=*
<para><literal>file</literal>: NetworkManager will write
<filename>/etc/resolv.conf</filename> as file. If it finds
a symlink to an existing target, it will follow the symlink and
update the target instead. If the symlink's target does not exist,
the symlink will be replaced by a file.</para>
update the target instead. In no case will an existing symlink
be replaced by a file. Note that older versions of NetworkManager
behaved differently and would replace dangling symlinks with a
plain file.</para>
<para><literal>resolvconf</literal>: NetworkManager will run
resolvconf to update the DNS configuration.</para>
<para><literal>netconfig</literal>: NetworkManager will run
......@@ -792,18 +792,27 @@ update_resolv_conf (NMDnsManager *self,
&& !_read_link_cached (_PATH_RESCONF, &resconf_link_cached, &resconf_link))) {
gs_free char *rc_path_syml = NULL;
nm_auto_free char *rc_path_real = NULL;
const char *rc_path = _PATH_RESCONF;
GError *local = NULL;
/* Note that if /etc/resolv.conf is a dangling symlink, realpath()
* will return %NULL, and thus below we will replace the symlink
* with a file. This is the only case, in which NetworkManager
* replaces an existing symlink with a file.*/
rc_path_real = realpath (rc_path, NULL);
rc_path_real = realpath (_PATH_RESCONF, NULL);
if (rc_path_real)
rc_path = rc_path_real;
else {
/* realpath did not resolve a path-name. That either means,
* - does not exist
* - is a plain file
* - is a dangling symlink
* Handle the case, where it is a dangling symlink... */
rc_path_syml = nm_utils_read_link_absolute (_PATH_RESCONF, NULL);
if (rc_path_syml)
rc_path = rc_path_syml;
/* we first write to /etc/resolv.conf directly. If that fails,
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