I've switched to XMonad as my window manager. Sometimes when I put my laptop to hibernate, it's hanging and won't shut down. I have to force it off by pressing the powerbutton for 5 seconds.

After I boot again, I can't connect to the internet. I have to logout, go to gnome, and after logging in, I rightclick the network applet icon and select the enable networking options. After that, my internet is working again.

Is there a way to do this via the command line or another option?

4 Answers 4


You can use nmcli (part of NM) or cnetworkmanager

sudo apt-get install cnetworkmanager

to control NetworkManager from the commandline.

BTW: you can configure Monad to use a panel or such (but maybe that's not what you want).

  • basically this, disable: nmcli nm enable false enable: nmcli nm enable true, no sudo required! saw here Jul 23, 2014 at 8:50

You can customise xmonad with status bar and tray apps for utilities like network-manager which need tray icons.

This guide, for example, details how to set up xmobar and trayer, among other things.

  • It seems a good sollution. The only problem is that I can't seem to get trayer on the top of my screen. It just doesn't appear.
    – Ikke
    Oct 28, 2010 at 12:47
  • Temporarily fixed the problem by adjusting my xorg.conf to allow for only one screen. See askubuntu.com/questions/10005/…
    – Ikke
    Oct 28, 2010 at 15:04

I find after improper shutdowns that the /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf often has Managed=False set. When you go into GNOME and hit that checkbox, all you're doing is toggling that to True. You can do it with a text editor too.

  • Setting it to true doesn't solve the issue, and it seems enableing networking doesn't set it to true
    – Ikke
    Oct 23, 2010 at 13:18

It sounds like you've killed the network-manager daemon. You can restart it by doing sudo service network-manager start. However if you're not using network-manager you can always remove it all together (and probably eliminate this issue).

  • The network manager is still running (NetworkManager process). And I use nm-applet to get wireless connection.
    – Ikke
    Oct 23, 2010 at 13:17

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