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Minimal Home Network

Tumbleweed offers network configuration through yast2 lan. Both Wicked and NetworkManager are powerful and flexible. systemd-networkd is a third option. The article describes the static configuration of a desktop machine linked to a wireless router.

Sample Configuration

The configuration below was tested with Tumbleweed linking to a custom Fritz!Box 7360 supplied by M-net. Default name and address are / Other routers will use different values. However the sample configuration should work for them with appropriate changes.


Define the machine's address and hostname by adding a line to /etc/hosts:

erlangen:~ # cat /etc/hosts
# hosts         This file describes a number of hostname-to-address
#               mappings for the TCP/IP subsystem.  It is mostly
#               used at boot time, when no name servers are running.
#               On small systems, this file can be used instead of a
#               "named" name server.
# Syntax:
# IP-Address  Full-Qualified-Hostname  Short-Hostname
#       localhost

# special IPv6 addresses
::1             localhost ipv6-localhost ipv6-loopback

fe00::0         ipv6-localnet

ff00::0         ipv6-mcastprefix
ff02::1         ipv6-allnodes
ff02::2         ipv6-allrouters
ff02::3         ipv6-allhosts erlangen
erlangen:~ # 

Configure the management of the wireless link wlp3s0 by adding a .network file (iwconfig will tell you the name of the link):

erlangen:~ # cat /etc/systemd/network/


erlangen:~ #

Configure wpa_supplicant by modifying the existing file wpa_supplicant.conf:

erlangen:~ # cat /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
    ssid="FRITZ!Box Karl Mistelberger"
erlangen:~ # 

Make sure systemd-resolved.service is disabled. If existing remove any link /etc/resolv.conf and supply file /etc/resolv.conf:

erlangen:~ # cat /etc/resolv.conf
erlangen:~ # 


Make sure both wicked and NetworkManager are disabled. Enable systemd-networkd and wpa_supplicant; check settings as follows:

erlangen:~ # systemctl list-unit-files 'wpa*' 'systemd-networkd*' 'wicked*' 'NetworkManager*'
UNIT FILE                            STATE   
NetworkManager-dispatcher.service    disabled
NetworkManager-wait-online.service   disabled
NetworkManager.service               disabled
systemd-networkd-wait-online.service enabled
systemd-networkd.service             enabled
wicked.service                       disabled
wickedd-auto4.service                disabled
wickedd-dhcp4.service                disabled
wickedd-dhcp6.service                disabled
wickedd-nanny.service                disabled
wickedd-pppd@.service                static  
wickedd.service                      indirect
wpa_supplicant.service               disabled
wpa_supplicant@.service              indirect
systemd-networkd.socket              enabled 

15 unit files listed.
erlangen:~ # 


Upon rebooting systemd-networkd will be running:

erlangen:~ # journalctl -b -u systemd-networkd -o short-monotonic 
-- Logs begin at Mon 2019-03-18 17:54:36 CET, end at Wed 2019-03-27 12:53:16 CET. --
[    3.524507] erlangen systemd[1]: Starting Network Service...
[    3.567653] erlangen systemd-networkd[519]: Enumeration completed
[    3.569489] erlangen systemd[1]: Started Network Service.
[    3.971240] erlangen systemd-networkd[519]: wlan0: Interface name change detected, wlan0 has been renamed to wlp3s0.
[    4.115384] erlangen systemd-networkd[519]: wlp3s0: Could not bring up interface: Invalid argument
[    4.115650] erlangen systemd-networkd[519]: eth0: Interface name change detected, eth0 has been renamed to enp0s31f6.
[    6.161137] erlangen systemd-networkd[519]: wlp3s0: Gained carrier
[    8.175286] erlangen systemd-networkd[519]: wlp3s0: Gained IPv6LL
[    9.999213] erlangen systemd-networkd[519]: wlp3s0: Configured
erlangen:~ # 
erlangen:~ # networkctl 
IDX LINK             TYPE               OPERATIONAL SETUP     
  1 lo               loopback           carrier     unmanaged 
  2 wlp3s0           wlan               routable    configured
  3 enp0s31f6        ether              off         unmanaged 

3 links listed.
erlangen:~ #