On systemd network configuration dependencies
It is very easy to affect systemd's unit ordering. On the other hand you need to be careful about what a completed unit guarantees.
Configure your service
On current systems,
network.target just guarantees that the network service has been started, not that there's some actual configuration. You need to order after
network-online.target and pull it in to achive that.
For compatibility with older systems, you may need to order after network.target as well. Whether you pull it in should not typically
make a difference.
That's for the unit file of your service and for systemd.
Implementation in current versions of software
Now you need to make sure that
network-online.target works as expected (or that you at least can use
The current version of NetworkManager offers the
NetworkManager-wait-online.service which gets pulled in by
network-online.target and thus by your service. This special service ensures that your service will wait until all connections configured to be started automatically succeed, fail, or time out.
The current version of systemd-networkd blocks your service until all devices are configured as requested. It is easier in that it currently only supports configurations that are applied at boot time (more specifically the startup time of `systemd-networkd.service).
For the sake of completeness, the
/etc/init.d/network service in Fedora, as interpretted by the current versions of systemd, blocks
network.target and thus indirectly blocks
network-online.target and your service. It's an example of a script based implementation.
If your implementation, whether deamon based or script based, behaves as one of the network management services above, it will delay the start of your service until network configuration is either successfully completed, failed for a good reason, or timed out after a reasonable time frame to complete.
You may want to check whether netctl works the same way and that information would be a valuable addition to this answer.
Implementations in older versions of software
I don't think you will see a sufficiently old version of systemd where this wouldn't work well. But you can check that at least
network-online.target exists and that it gets ordered after
Previously NetworkManager only guaranteed that at least one connection would get applied. And even for that to work, you would have to enable the
NetworkManager-wait-online.service explicitly. This has been long fixed in Fedora but was only recently applied upstream.
systemctl enable NetworkManager-wait-online.service
Notes on network.target and network-online.target implementations
You shouldn't ever need to make your software depend on
NetworkManager-wait-online.service nor any other specific services. Instead all network management services should order themselves before
network.target and optionally
A simple script based network management service should finish network configuration before exitting and should order itself before
network.target and thus indirectly before
A daemon based network management service should also order itself before
network.target even though it's not very useful.
A service that waits for the daemon to finish should order itself after the specific service and before
network-online.target. It should use
Requisite on the daemon service so that it fails immediately if the respective network management service isn't being used.
The package should install a symlink to the waiting service in the
wants directory for
network-online.target so that it gets pulled in by services that want to wait for configured network.
ln -s /usr/lib/systemd/system/... /usr/lib/systemd/system/network-online.target.wants/
I hope I not only helped to answer your question at the time you asked it but also contributed to improving the situation in upstream and Linux distributions, so that I can now give a better answer than was possible at the time of writing the original one.