From roughly systemd version 210, networking in my Droplet changed.

Out went netctl somehow (good riddance), and my network connectivity (uh oh).

Using Digital Ocean's buggy Console Access, I managed to setup my network access manually.

/etc/network.d/ethernet-static gave me the previous network settings:

[root@sgd ~]# cat /etc/network.d/ethernet-static
DNS=('' '' '')

How to setup a networking interface with ip

I'm more familiar with ifconfig & route, but with some frantic Googling I did figure out ip's odd unfamilar API:

ip addr add dev enp0s3
ip route add default via

ip a then looks like:

[root@sgd ~]# ip a
1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN group default
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
    inet scope host lo
    inet6 ::1/128 scope host
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
2: enp0s3: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 04:01:11:8d:89:01 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet brd scope global enp0s3
    inet6 fe80::601:11ff:fe8d:8901/64 scope link
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

Sidenote: I'm not sure why my Droplet's network interface is called enp0s3 and not something simple like eth0.

Ping to test... YES... I can ssh in.

Now to migrate to systemd-networkd.

I created /etc/systemd/network/

[root@sgd ~]# cat /etc/systemd/network/
# Migrated from /etc/network.d/ethernet-static
  1. To test systemctl start systemd-networkd.service.
  2. Check systemctl status systemd-networkd.service looks good

      [root@sgd ~]# systemctl status systemd-networkd.service
      systemd-networkd.service - Network Service
         Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/systemd-networkd.service; enabled)
         Active: active (running) since Thu 2014-03-13 04:02:24 UTC; 11min ago
           Docs: man:systemd-networkd.service(8)
       Main PID: 158 (systemd-network)
         Status: "Processing requests..."
         CGroup: /system.slice/systemd-networkd.service
                 `-158 /usr/lib/systemd/systemd-networkd
      Mar 13 04:02:24 sgd systemd-networkd[158]: enp0s3: link is up
      Mar 13 04:02:24 sgd systemd-networkd[158]: enp0s3: carrier on
      Mar 13 04:02:24 sgd systemd-networkd[158]: enp0s3: link configured
      Mar 13 04:02:24 sgd systemd[1]: Started Network Service.

To watch/tail what the systemd-networkd.service is doing, journalctl -u systemd-networkd.service -f

  • Enable it systemctl enable systemd-networkd.service
  • And reboot!

Loose ends, ifplugd

I noticed in htop ifplugd is running. I can't see from systemctl or pstree what invoked it. Mysterious.

[root@sgd ~]# ps aux | grep ifplugd
root       136  0.0  0.0   2200   284 ?        Ss   04:02   0:00 /usr/bin/ifplugd -i enp0p3 -r /etc/ifplugd/netcfg.action -fIns
root     27388  0.0  0.1   2828   584 pts/1    S+   04:16   0:00 grep ifplugd

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