turn off network manager in Ubuntu

Steven Susbauer steven at too1337.com
Mon Apr 27 19:17:25 UTC 2009

Rashkae wrote:
> Chris Jones wrote:
>> On 27 Apr 2009, at 7:16PM, Rashkae wrote:
>>> hong zhang wrote:
>>>> Thanks for info. But may I just disable it instead remove it?
>>> Yes, but it's neither pretty nor supported
>>> Look in /etc/dbus-1/event.d where you will find the network manager
>>> startup scripts.  Move them somewhere else.
>> As you say this is ugly, and if you ever change your mind and want to  
>> re-enable NM, you will need to remember precisely how you crippled it...
>> Why not just complete remove it if you don't want it ? Seems the  
>> cleanest solution, and if you ever change your mind it is just an apt- 
>> get install away ...
> Someone might be in a situation where they may need to re-enable NM
> without a working network connection.. (go figure).. I am,, really,
> appalled that a method to tame/control/enable/disable NM does not yet
> exist in the GUI (and in fact, instead, all GUI network configuration
> has been moved into NM, and while I've not tested Jaunty yet,
> historically, it's been really bad at it.)

There is nothing in /etc/dbus-1/event.d on my system (Jaunty). To
disable NetworkManager I run "sudo update-rc.d -f NetworkManager
remove", which removes it from the init scripts and it won't start
automatically, adding it back again uses the same command with different
options. If you want to start it manually you run "sudo
/etc/init.d/NetworkManager start".

I have not done it with NM other than a quick test (and the nm-applet
stayed in Gnome, though nonfunctional), but do it on most of my systems
with gdm as I like to choose when I have a GUI.

I am a bit confused as to why anyone would clobber something rather than
simply telling it not to start. :)

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