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Distro specific NetworkManager notes: Gentoo


A NetworkManager package is now in the portage tree. There is a 0.6.5 package for stable but 0.6.6 is still marked testing. To install the 0.6.6 package add

=dev-libs/libnl-1.1-r1 ~x86
net-misc/networkmanager ~x86
sys-apps/hal ~x86
app-misc/hal-info ~x86

to /etc/portage/package.keywords where ~x86 is replaced by the keyword appropriate for your architecture. Then simply install as normal with

emerge -av networkmanager

More recent ebuilds and ebuilds for various VPN plugins may however be available from the Gentopia overlay, see The Gentopia overlay is available via layman see (Note: the page at is out of date).

Baselayout issues

(This information may not be "the best" solution for wired network, I provided mine below. -- PeterHjalmarsson)

The current Gentoo baselayout-1.13.* package which provides the init.d scripts (including the net.* scripts) is not very NetworkManager friendly. To use NetworkManager you must prevent any of the default net.eth* or net.wlan* scripts that would normally manage your network connections from being started automatically. One solution is to delete /etc/init.d/net.eth* (and /etc/init.d/net.wlan*) which are actually only symlinks to /etc/init.d/net.lo. This change will however be undone whenever baselayout gets upgraded. A better solution is to add the line:


in /etc/conf.d/rc. If you have wlan or other interfaces that NetworkManager should manage then you need to add to that line appropriately eg.

RC_PLUG_SERVICES="!net.eth* !net.wlan*"

-- AntonyMee 2006-12-06 20:56:37

DNS nameserver problems

If you have a static IP configuration (for example for eth0) and your name servers are missing in /etc/resolv.conf be sure to specify them in a simple space separated list (and don't use the format from /etc/conf.d/net.example with the brackets!).

e.g. this works:


Projects/NetworkManager/Gentoo (last edited 2016-02-12 13:43:28 by LubomirRintel)