I've installed Arch Linux today and am a bit of a noob at using it, so when I had done the installation my system would connect too my network fine, but after rebooting it stopped and gave me an error

"Job for netctl@WifiNetwork.service failed because the control process exited with error code"

I done some research and found out my system does not have a DHCP daemon known as dhcpd

So since my system has no network connection i went on another computer and downloaded the tar file for dhcpd.service from the Arch Linux package website using this link dhcpd download package

Since this is a tar file I'm not quite sure how to download it, I've already ran the ./configure file as well as ran "make" and "sudo make install" but the daemon doesn't seem to be running on my system when I checked with systemctl. I'd really appreciate if someone could please help me.

  • You're better off installing software with pacman in the future. But, what happens when you attempt to run the binary? Did you enable the dhcpd service?
    – Pheric
    Aug 21, 2020 at 23:56
  • Well I cant install it with pacman since I have no internet connection
    – printf
    Aug 22, 2020 at 10:40
  • Just for clarification: a DHCP server daemon dhcpd will distribute IP addresses and other network configuration information to other hosts. It will not help your system get a network connection if none exists. On the other hand, a DHCP client daemon dhcpcd (one-letter difference!) would request configuration information from a DHCP server, and use that to configure your network interface(s).
    – telcoM
    Jun 5, 2021 at 14:03

1 Answer 1


What you want is the dhcpcd package. It’s part of the installation environment and I assume it worked when you installed. To install dhcpcd on your system do the following

  1. Boot the installation environment.
  2. arch-chroot into your new installation. The Arch installation guide tells you how to do this.
  3. In the new installation update packages with sudo pacman -Syu
  4. Install dhcpcd with sudo pacman -S dhcpcd
  5. Exit the chroot and reboot
  6. Check out the Arch wiki for dhcpcd configuration

Alternatively there is an article on the Arch wiki that describes how to install a package in a tar ball here https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/offline_installation_of_packages

Good luck

  • Try to use markdown formatting in order to enhance readability ;-)
    – mattia.b89
    Aug 22, 2020 at 12:15

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