I'm doing a BASH script for Arch Linux in a Raspberry Pi 2. The thing is that in some point I'd like to reload the network interfaces without reboot and have my new named network interfaces (en0 and wl0) when I insert networkctl, for instance. The solution I've found is:

Bring the network interfaces down:

ip link set <net_if> down ;

Modify /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules (or its equivalent): in my case it is 10-network.rules. It contains:

SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", ATTR{address}=="aa:aa:aa:aa:aa:aa", NAME="en0"
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", ATTR{address}=="bb:bb:bb:bb:bb:bb", NAME="wl0"

Reload with

udevadm control --reload-rules ;

Retrigger with

udevadm trigger --attr-match=subsystem=net ;

Bring the network interfaces up:

ip link set <net_if> up ;

But it didn't work on my RbPi2.

I've also found on another post that in some point you must insert

modprobe -r <driver module>

but I can't find my driver module for my wifi dongle (I've tried with lsusb -v).

BTW: I'm not using Networkmanager. I have configured the network interfaces with systemd (/etc/systemd/network/). I've also tried reloading the systemd-networkd service.


  • I don't know Arch Linux. Do you have access to ifdown and ifup?
    – Cyrus
    Jul 30 '15 at 18:58
  • When you say "But it didn't work" do you mean that the network interface did not get renamed, or something else?
    – Celada
    Jul 30 '15 at 19:40
  • I don't know much about systemd configuration. I've tried to insert the ifdown command and Bash returns -bash: ifdown: command not found. To Celada: Yes, I want that after the network reload if I insert networkctl the shell shows the new network interfaces: en0 and wl0.
    – ctafur
    Jul 30 '15 at 20:05

to get the driver for a network interface, just use : ethtool -i en0 and look for the "driver" section :

root@odin ~ # ethtool -i eth0
driver: e1000e
version: 2.3.2-k
firmware-version: 0.13-4

Here, my driver is e1000e.

Now you can rmmod your driver and modprobe it again. This will also reset the network counters, of course.


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