systemd-networkd.service(8) — Linux manual page


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NAME         top

       systemd-networkd.service, systemd-networkd - Network manager

SYNOPSIS         top



DESCRIPTION         top

       systemd-networkd is a system service that manages networks. It
       detects and configures network devices as they appear, as well as
       creating virtual network devices.

       To configure low-level link settings independently of networks,

       systemd-networkd will create network devices based on the
       configuration in systemd.netdev(5) files, respecting the [Match]
       sections in those files.

       systemd-networkd will manage network addresses and routes for any
       link for which it finds a .network file with an appropriate
       [Match] section, see For those links, it will
       flush existing network addresses and routes when bringing up the
       device. Any links not matched by one of the .network files will
       be ignored. It is also possible to explicitly tell
       systemd-networkd to ignore a link by using Unmanaged=yes option,

       When systemd-networkd exits, it generally leaves existing network
       devices and configuration intact. This makes it possible to
       transition from the initrd and to restart the service without
       breaking connectivity. This also means that when configuration is
       updated and systemd-networkd is restarted, netdev interfaces for
       which configuration was removed will not be dropped, and may need
       to be cleaned up manually.

       systemd-networkd may be introspected and controlled at runtime
       using networkctl(1).


       The configuration files are read from the files located in the
       system network directory /usr/lib/systemd/network, the volatile
       runtime network directory /run/systemd/network and the local
       administration network directory /etc/systemd/network.

       Networks are configured in .network files, see, and virtual network devices are configured in
       .netdev files, see systemd.netdev(5).

SEE ALSO         top

       networkctl(1), systemd(1),,,
       systemd.netdev(5), systemd-networkd-wait-online.service(8),

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