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 From:  Jean-Francois Theroux <jftheroux at privalodc dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Feature Request - Failsafe Config
 Date:  Fri, 06 Aug 2004 09:41:51 -0400
Hi Andrew,

	In the diagnostic section, you can save your m0n0wall config elsewhere. 
Save it on your PC, if your m0n0wall box crash, go with a default 
install, reload that saved config. and voila! you're up and running in 
no time.

-jf

Andrew Greenwood wrote:
> Yesterday while toying around with some wireless equipment, I got an error
> about a missing tag in the config file.
> 
> The web interface stopped doing stuff, so I power cycled the box.
> 
> A few minutes later, the LAN light was lit up as a 10 meg connection only. I
> couldn't connect to it though.
> 
> Eventually I took the plunge and carried a monitor and keyboard up into the
> attic to troubleshoot the situation.
> 
> It appears my config.xml file was corrupt, and m0n0wall was refusing to do
> anything other than display the console menu.
> 
> So I reset the settings, assigned IP and interfaces again, and rebooted. All
> is well once again.
> 
> 
> However, I think it might be worth allowing a "failsafe" configuration,
> which can be customized by the user, for the default settings.
> 
> So, for example, it'd have a failsafe backup of the following options:
> - Interface assignments
> - Lan IP
> - Username and password
> - Web config settings (port, HTTP/HTTPS...)
> 
> 
> This would mean that, in the event of a corrupt config file, the failsafe
> one could be used, the user could login via their browser as normal, and
> download the corrupt CONFIG.XML to fix it.
> 
> 
> Shouldn't be too difficult to do. Just need some sort of "on-the-fly" config
> selector that could switch between failsafe and normal, and force the
> upload/download config page to download the normal config only.
> 
> Any thoughts?
> 
> 
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-- 
Jean-Francois Theroux
Systems administrator
514.726.3732
PrivalODC
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