I am using Ubuntu 16.10 and recently I have not been able to connect to internet using Ethernet. The network manager shows device not managed. The WiFi network is working fine.

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I've tried the solution from this questionn Ubuntu 16.04 Ethernet issues with no use.

My /etc/network/interfaces file:

# interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

My /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf file:



Output of nmcli d:

wlp2s0  wifi      connected  eduroam    
enp8s0  ethernet  unmanaged  --         
lo      loopback  unmanaged  --   
  • I see that "managed=true" did you change it from false to true? can you try to restart the service and see if it solve your problem: sudo service network-manager restart ? – Yaron Feb 13 '17 at 6:39
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    Yes, I have changed it from false to true. And I've tried that and it didn't help. – martin49 Feb 13 '17 at 6:40
  • please add the output of nmcli d to your question – Yaron Feb 13 '17 at 6:42
  • I've added it to the question – martin49 Feb 13 '17 at 6:45

The following bug in Ubuntu 16.10 might be related: network-manager does not manage ethernet and bluetooth interfaces when Ubuntu 16.10 is installed using chroot/netboot method

First try running the following command:

sudo nmcli dev set enp8s0 managed yes

If you get the error message:

Error: Device 'enp8s0' not found.

Try running the command below:

ip link show

and look for a device name similar to enp8s0 and substitute it in the original command.

If the that didn't solve the problem, try running the following (backup orig file, and create 0 bytes file instead)

sudo mv /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf  /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf_orig
sudo touch /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf  

@datka reported a different location for The file 10-globally-managed-devices.conf so the commands should be:

sudo mv /usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf  /usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf_orig
sudo touch /usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf

The reboot, or restart the Network Manager service:

sudo systemctl restart NetworkManager

or the old way:

sudo service network-manager restart
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    The second option with creating the blank file worked! Thank you! – martin49 Feb 13 '17 at 6:58
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    @martin49 - happy to hear that it solve the problem :) – Yaron Feb 13 '17 at 7:02
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    You saved me. The touch method worked – Max Małecki Mar 29 '17 at 22:06
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    The second option with creating the blank file worked! Thanks very much! – charybr Apr 6 '17 at 6:53
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    The second option worked for me too. However, the file 10-globally-managed-devices.conf was located in /usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d and not in /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d. – datka Apr 11 '17 at 7:28

In my case the 10-globally-managed-devices.conf just doesn't exist (from 16.04->16.10). All that is needed is to create it:

sudo touch /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf

Followed by a restart:

sudo service network-manager restart
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    I also got this problem when I upgraded to 16.10 from 16.04. This answer worked for me, but I needed to restart Network Manager as well. sudo service network-manager restart – user399352 Apr 14 '17 at 22:16
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    Also a problem upgrading from 16.04 to 17.04. Cmon Ubuntu do better. Network errors are the worst. Thanks for the easy fix. Touch then [sudo service network-manager restart]. – moodboom Aug 30 '17 at 20:39
  • From answers on other questions, it may exist in /usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/ --on my machine (18.04) it appears that putting the empty one in /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/ will override that, and allow NM to manage the device. – jtniehof Aug 3 '18 at 12:11

Setting unmanaged-devices=none in {BASE}usr/lib/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf worked for me in getting NetworkManager to manage the ethernet port, though I don't know if that messes anything else up. :^)

This was for a Ubuntu 16.10 hybrid USB build.

  • The only combination that worked for me was creating the file in /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf and then manually setting unmanaged-devices=none in the location you said. – tftd Mar 10 '18 at 4:05
  • Can you paste the full 10-globally-managed-devices.conf? I'm getting a Failed to read configuration: /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf: Key file does not start with a group error. – mpr Jan 14 at 21:48

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