NetworkManager is unfortunately mandatory for ssh, nscd etc.

Topics about the networking software (ssh, nfs, samba, ...). No questions about network drivers there.
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NetworkManager is unfortunately mandatory for ssh, nscd etc.

Post by 4lex11s » 17 Jun 2013, 22:20

First of all, a big thanks, for your wonderful cd.
Oui Merci Monsieur Dupoux vous m'avez fait gagner un temps fou !

I prefere to configure network by hand :

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ip addr add dev eth0 broadcast
ip link set up dev eth0
ip route add default via dev eth0
/etc/init.d/sshd start
ssh-keygen -l -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key
But, I'm obliged to edit init sshd script (delete the "need net" line) for hope an ssh access to my systemrescuecdOS.

So, please, I suggest
- to remove some dependency to "net", in some init script like ssh
- to update the motd related to "configure by hand"
- perhaps also change the deprecated use of ipconfig and route commands by ip command
- perhaps add a backup nameserver like (

Thanks a lot

Best regards
Alexis-Emmanuel Haeringer
Systemrescuecd 3.6.0

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Re: NetworkManager is unfortunately mandatory for ssh, nscd

Post by patrick728 » 01 Jul 2013, 19:04

I second this request. Either I am the world's worst user of Google search or there is a paltry amount of useful information on the Internet regarding how to manually configure a wired network device with a static IP address (actually I have many that need to be configured for segregated storage connections). Even using nmcli seems to make this impossible. This simple task is a breeze with ifconfig or the newer ip command. To require NetworkManager for this is very frustrating. This is not a GUI desktop. Even System Rescue CD's own online documentation contradicts itself by using net-setup, the work in which is completely undone by NetworkManager. In a time of need, this "rescue" is unwelcome in v3.6.0.

If NetworkManager is here to stay, which is the unfortunate reality, we need clear examples of how to do these once-simple tasks on the command line.

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Re: NetworkManager is unfortunately mandatory for ssh, nscd

Post by admin » 04 Jul 2013, 18:54

Network-Manager is really great for configuring the network in the graphical environment especially wifi networks, but unfortunately the command line network configuration tools conflict with it. The dependency on "net" is there for a good reason. These initialization scripts are provided by gentoo and I don't want to hack these things as it would be a nightmare to maintain it, and would just break everything.

If you want to configure the network manually you should use the boot command options such as ethx. The configuration ends up in /etc/conf.d/net and this is picked up by Network-Manager. You can also modify this file manually.

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