I can't connect to a WiFi network. I tried various methods such as wpa_supplicant and wicd. At the moment I'm trying netctl.

When I enter the command: systemctl --type=service I see the following errors:

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netctl start wireless-home

Job for netctl@wireless\x2dhome.service failed. See 'systemctl status
netctl@wireless\x2dhome.service' and 'journalctl -xn' for details.

This is the profile file for wireless-home:

Description='A simple WPA encrypted wireless connection'
ESSID='Pruthenia 3.OG'

systemctl status netctl@wireless\x2dhome.service

[email protected] - Networking for netctl profile wirelessx2dhome 
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/[email protected]; static) 
Active: inactive (dead) Docs: man:netctl.profile(5)

journalctl -xn output -->

Dec 12 08:01:01 webcampi CROND[2765]: pam_unix(crond:session): session closed for user root
Dec 12 09:01:01 webcampi crond[3490]: pam_unix(crond:session): session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Dec 12 09:01:01 webcampi CROND[3491]: (root) CMD (run-parts /etc/cron.hourly)
Dec 12 09:01:01 webcampi CROND[3490]: pam_unix(crond:session): session closed for user root
Dec 12 10:01:01 webcampi crond[4216]: pam_unix(crond:session): session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Dec 12 10:01:01 webcampi CROND[4217]: (root) CMD (run-parts /etc/cron.hourly)
Dec 12 10:01:01 webcampi CROND[4216]: pam_unix(crond:session): session closed for user root
Dec 12 11:01:01 webcampi crond[4941]: pam_unix(crond:session): session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Dec 12 11:01:01 webcampi CROND[4942]: (root) CMD (run-parts /etc/cron.hourly)
Dec 12 11:01:01 webcampi CROND[4941]: pam_unix(crond:session): session closed for user root

How can I fix this?

  • Your journal output are useless: crond is used by your system to schedule task. Not related to your problem. I guess your interface name is wrong. Are you sure you need the single quotes around your ESSID and key? If all fails, try directly wpa_supplicant and dhcp. These will be more verbose.
    – user21228
    Dec 13, 2013 at 11:26
  • Yes i am sure that the inteface name is correct wpa_supplicant is working though to thigs are add, i cant get dhcp working and wpa_supplicant stopps working afther a few minutes, that why i wanted to switch to netctl
    – user275941
    Dec 13, 2013 at 11:33
  • netctl is using wpa_supplicant and dhcpd. Solve your problem with them first and then netctl should work as expected.
    – user21228
    Dec 13, 2013 at 11:45
  • Try to remove the hyphen from the name of your profile, e.g. rename it for example to wirelesshome. There's notice about it in archwiki page about netctl (that's also netctl's wiki, because netctl is arch project).
    – user37607
    Dec 23, 2013 at 17:32

3 Answers 3


The problem is most likely due to netctl not liking hyphens in its profile files.

Excerpt from there:

Tip: As mentioned in the forums, because systemd treats hyphens in a special way, using '-' in a profile name may result in connection drop issues.

Another excerpt (this has value only if you have created your profile file with wifi-menu -o):

Warning: Attempting to use wifi-menu -o to generate a profile file in /etc/netctl/ with a '-' in name will likely fail. Renaming the file is recommended

As a solution, I'd suggest you to remove the hyphen from the name of your profile file, so the name of the profile file would end up to be for example wirelesshome or wireless_home.

After you've done that, you should be able to start your profile with netctl start wirelesshome (or whatever the profile name is), and then enable it (if you want it to start at boot) with netctl enable wirelesshome. Also, if you have enabled your previous profile file before, remember to disable it before enabling the new profile with netctl disable wireless-home.


Make you sure you have the right interface. Check with

ip link

A procedure that often works for me to fix some problems is (change interface and my_profile to match your setup):

sudo ip link set *interface* down
netctl stop-all
netctl start my_profile

Try connecting with wifi-menu and if you get it to work; save the config with wifi-menu -o. netctl wiki

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