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Is there any way to temporarily "switch off (and back on)" the internet connection on a system (that runs linux)? The following methods are not allowed:

  1. Turning off the router. That would lead to a lot of angry young individuals. This method must be particular to my workstation.

  2. Use root privileges (coz I do not have them).

  3. Yank the ethernet cable from the system.

Why: Sometimes the internet proves to be a distraction.

I am using the following system: Fedora release 11 (Leonidas), linux kernel 2.6.30 and GNOME 2.26.3

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migrated from Jan 20 '11 at 10:06

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What version of linux are you using? There is a page on the ubuntu help that goes into disabling a network adaptor..

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you need root for – bestsss Jan 20 '11 at 9:59
@bestsss - ah thanks, surely you must need to sudo and know the password then? – WraithNath Jan 20 '11 at 10:01
@WraithNath: Added information about system to question. – Sriram Jan 20 '11 at 10:03

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