I am setting up an Arch/Manjaro-based machine that only occasionally will be connected to network. I.e. most of the time its Ethernet card is disconnected.

I run into this curious problem - when I try to use networking commands the interface is down (I sit next to it with my laptop that has a Wi-Fi Internet connection). So I am not sure if it is working properly.

  • How do I set up the network without an Ethernet connection present so that when I finally plug in a cable I can be sure that the address will be

I found the answer: use SkipNoCarrier=yes in the netctl profile. It is in Manjaro StaticIP wiki and in Arch netctl page.

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    on a side note, you can configure network interface to get a DHCP address, but have the server always send you same IP. check with your modem (if at home) or network admin. on a side side note home modem are likely to give you same IP if you connect on a regular basis.
    – Archemar
    Feb 25, 2017 at 9:17
  • In my setting network admins are very remote and unavailable. My machine will be standalone data collector (surveys) and I will periodically connect to it via crossover cable to siphon off new data.
    – r0berts
    Feb 25, 2017 at 9:27
  • well then If have nothing to add to @maunlinglaws's answer.
    – Archemar
    Feb 25, 2017 at 9:30

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Like this for example:

For a static IP configuration copy the /etc/netctl/examples/ethernet-static example profile to /etc/netctl and modify Interface, Address, Gateway and DNS) as needed.

For example:



Link to the official Arch Wiki here.

This of course only works if you don't use Network Manager or something similar to control your network.

  • Thanks, this is where it gets also confusing. Am I understanding right that netctl is the most basic method? This is what I want. But I think nm was installed by default; perhaps I need to uninstall it? If I understand correctly nm is useful mainly for managing wifi connections, but for basic server it is not needed. How do I select which method is in charge of the nic?
    – r0berts
    Feb 25, 2017 at 9:10
  • Network Manager is not installed by default on Arch. I don't know if it is in Manjaro however, it's been quite a while since I used that distro. Personally, I always use netctl in Arch.
    – anon
    Feb 25, 2017 at 9:11
  • I think it is. As I want simplicity and basics there, I probably should remove networkmanager or else I do not know if it is interfering or not?
    – r0berts
    Feb 25, 2017 at 9:20
  • @r0berts netctl isn't the most basic method. As stated in the wiki page, it uses profiles to manage network connections. Those profiles are started/stopped by systemd services. See this for a more general idea. To manage WiFi connections you can use wifi-menu, which works with netctl. You can just disable the NetworkManager.service.
    – goetz
    Feb 25, 2017 at 16:09
  • I found the parameter to ensure address is always on even if cable not connected - you have to put SkipNoCarrier=yes in the profile.
    – r0berts
    Apr 2, 2017 at 9:33

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