While attempting a wifi fix, I was prompted to run the following commands:

sudo mv /etc/init/network-manager.conf /etc/init/network-manager.conf-disabled
sudo mv /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop.disabled

How can I reverse/undo those commands?

I ask because I could not get the wifi-fix to work, but am now unable to revert to an old workaround. I suspect this is because of changes made by those two commands. And so until I get this resolved, I cannot connect to the internet in Ubuntu, which is my primary OS.

Note that my netbook has no ethernet port, therefore I have no way of connecting to the internet in order to restore Network Manager, as has bee suggested to others facing Network Manager issues.

The fix I was attempting is detailed at this link:

Marvell's wireless driver not recognized

  • Maybe a few words of explanation: "sudo" lets you run a command as a different user, usually root (required here, for files in /etc are usually system configuration files owned by root). "mv" moves a file to a different name/folder. "mv A B" renames file A to B, or if B is a directory, it moves file A to B/ and keeps the filename. – soulsource Jul 11 '13 at 5:15

Since they both should theoretically be root owned to begin with it should be as simple as:

sudo mv /etc/init/network-manager.conf-disabled /etc/init/network-manager.conf 
sudo mv /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop.disabled /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop 

If they have unexpected permissions, you will have to reverse that too and accept over-writes.

  • Afaik permissions should be preserved when copying/moving files as root. – soulsource Jul 11 '13 at 5:10
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    That's possible, I'm just trying to see all possible problems coming instead of having an oh crap moment. – RobotHumans Jul 11 '13 at 5:11
  • I'd do the same. – soulsource Jul 11 '13 at 5:16
  • NP...we try...hard. Just remember we helped you. – RobotHumans Jul 11 '13 at 6:06

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