I'm a Ubuntu user trying out Debian 9.4. Since Ubuntu 17.10 I've been happily using netplan.

I do not use Network Manager, preferring to work with all the pieces myself.

Edit: As 0xC0000022L points out in a comment below, netplan is available in the Debian repository. At the time I wrote this question, the netplan version I took from the Debian repository did not work as I expected so I built the version from the Canonical github. Perhaps the comment from @AlexKing below explains why. I will leave this post however because it contains information on building netplan from github.

  • Did you have an issue trying to use netplan? It appears to be available in Debian 9: apt-get install netplan. – GracefulRestart Apr 18 '18 at 3:29
  • @GracefulRestart That netplan is a network interface to a day planner. The netplan I'm looking for is netplan.io. This does not show up in the standard Debian 9 repos. So my question is: is there an issue with Debian and netplan? Is there any work on Debian and netplan? As a hobbyist I'm happy to tinker myself but I'm wondering about known issues. – Stephen Boston Apr 18 '18 at 22:28
  • oh, my mistake. I am not a debian or netplan user and just saw the same name package in the repository. That is an unfortunate name and makes searching difficult. After checking out the netplan source, I was able to build it using Debian 9. I ran the tests, but i think due to the nature of my test machine, I cannot get them all to pass. I have not found anyone else trying to use this on Debian, but I have not seen anything yet that would prevent anyone from getting it to work. – GracefulRestart Apr 19 '18 at 20:48
  • I took the source from github too but am having trouble building it. I haven't much experience with building C. Just some stuff on VAX VMS a hundred years ago. I'm opening another question hoping for help with that. Thanks for your comment. – Stephen Boston Apr 19 '18 at 22:18
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    @0xC0000022L Thank you for the correction! I had successfully installed 'netplan' from the Debian repository but calling netplan from the commandline did not have the effect I expected. On looking at the man page I saw that it was networked planning software. After building and installing from github all was well. Now either I was dreaming, made some error, or there has been a change. Either way you are quite right and I will edit my question. Once again thank you. – Stephen Boston Nov 7 '18 at 10:31

I took https://github.com/CanonicalLtd/netplan and installed that. It is working. I haven't rigorously tested it at all but it does what I need. The build required these libraries. This is covered in debian netplan install: library missing. what to install for these .pc files

But I'll put the outcome of that discussion here:

# to compile

apt install libyaml-dev -y 
apt install libc6-dev -y
apt install libglib2.0-dev -y
apt install pandoc -y
apt install uuid-dev -y

#to run
pip3 install pyyaml 
pip3 install netifaces

It looks like netplan.io in Debian is at a very early stage. There is an "Intend to package" bug, See https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=882661 but no traffic there so far to gauge progress.

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