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Linux: replacing network-manager with dhcpcd-gtk (or anything else)

A few weeks ago I was looking for a Linux distro on which to install
pkgsrc. I experimented with CentOs but I wasn't very happy, so I gave
up with pkgsrc altogether and installed Linux Mint Debian edition,
only because it comes with everything but the kitchen sink, or so I

I am terribly irritated by systemd + network-manager interactions. For
example the network doesn't come up after suspend from resume. I have
been googling intensively for the last few days and I haven't found a
cleaner solution than just restarting network manager from the cli. So
I though of getting rid of NM and install dhcpcd-gtk from pkgsrc,
because that was working well with NetBSD.

But before doing that, I want to know if I'm doing the right thing and
not locking myself out. I know that dhcpcd-gtk is a front end to
dhcpcd and wpa_supplicant.

I do have wpa_supplicant already but it doesn't seem to be using a
configuration file:

$ ps aux|grep wpa
root      2923  0.0  0.1  31120  6532 ?        S    Jan05   0:03
/sbin/wpa_supplicant -u -s -O /run/wpa_supplicant

And apparently no dhcpcd:

$ ps aux|grep dhcp
root      6830  0.0  0.2  25404 10220 ?        S    13:47   0:00
/sbin/dhclient -d -q -sf /usr/lib/NetworkManager/nm-dhcp-helper -pf
/var/run/ -lf
-cf /var/lib/NetworkManager/dhclient-wlan0.conf wlan0

So, I just wonder if all this conversion is worth the pain.

Ottavio Caruso

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