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Considerable effort has gone into the construction of quality man pages. Users are encouraged to read the following man pages prior to using netctl:
netctl may be used to introspect and control the state of the systemd services for the network profile manager. Example configuration files are provided for the user to assist them in configuring their network connection. These example profiles are located in
/etc/netctl/examples/. The common configurations include:
To use an example profile, simply copy one of them from
/etc/netctl/<profile> and configure it to your needs:
# cp /etc/netctl/examples/wireless-wpa /etc/netctl/my-wireless-wpa
Once you have created your profile, make an attempt to establish a connection using the newly created profile by running:
# netctl start <profile>
If issuing the above command results in a failure, then use
journalctl -xn and
netctl status <profile> in order to obtain a more in depth explanation of the failure. Make the needed corrections to the failed configuration and retest.
Once the profile is started successfully then it can be
netctl enable <profile>. This will create the proper symlink for the profile to be used by
netctl-auto@<interface>.servicewill need to be enabled in order to allow automatic wireless connection at boot to become functional.
netctl reenable <profile>to apply the changes.
Migrating from netcfg
/etc/netctl to store its profiles, not
netcfg's profile storage location).
In order to migrate from netcfg, at least the following is needed:
- Move network profile files to the new directory.
- Rename variables therein according to netctl.profile(5) (most have only become CamelCase i.e CONNECTION= becomes Connection=).
- Unquote interface variables and other variables that don't strictly need quoting (this is mainly a style thing).
netctl enable <profile>for every profile in the old NETWORKS array. 'last' doesn't work this way, see netctl.special(7).
netctl start <profile>instead of netcfg-menu. wifi-menu remains available.
Password encryption (256-bit PSK)
Users not wishing to have their passwords stored in plain text have the option of generating a 256-bit Encrypted PSK.
# pacman -S wpa_actiond
Next, generate your 256-bit Encrypted PSK using wpa_passphrase:
Usage: wpa_passphrase [ssid] [passphrase]
$ wpa_passphrase archlinux freenode
In a second terminal window copy the example file
# cp /etc/netctl/examples/wireless-wpa /etc/netctl/wireless-wpa
You will then need to edit
/etc/netctl/wireless-wpa using your favorite text editor and add the Encrypted Pre-shared Key that was generated earlier using wpa_passphrase, to the
Key variable of this profile.
Once completed your network profile
wireless-wpa containing a 256-bit Encrypted PSK should resemble:
Description='A simple WPA encrypted wireless connection using 256-bit Encrypted PSK' Interface=wlp2s2 Connection=wireless Security=wpa IP=dhcp ESSID=archlinux Key=\"64cf3ced850ecef39197bb7b7b301fc39437a6aa6c6a599d0534b16af578e04a
Official announcement thread: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=157670
Tips and Tricks
As of April 2013 there is no netctl alternative to 'netcfg current'. If you relied on it for something, like a status bar for a tiling window manager, you can now use:
netctl list|grep \*|sed 's/\*//'|sed 's/\ //'