Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus

Howto list and delete networks from Linux NetworkManager

If you are running a Linux laptop that uses NetworkManager, you can get a list of every wireless network that NetworkManager knows about by doing

gconftool-2 --all-dirs /system/networking/wireless/networks

If you want to delete one, do

gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /system/networking/wireless/networks/BADNETWORKNAME

I find this useful when I'm in a venue, such as a tech conference, where there is both a free conference wireless network, and a paid wireless network run by the convention center. If you ever accidentally associate with the paid network, then whenever the signal strength of the paid network is higher, NetworkManager will prefer it to the free one. The fix is to delete the paid network data from the gconf database.
Tags: gconf, geek, linux, wifi
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