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January 18th, 2009, 01:05 PM

I want to backup the wireless profiles from the NetworkManager in Ubuntu to restore them on another computer, so I don't have to enter each key again.

Thank you guyz.

January 19th, 2009, 01:45 AM
Copy ${HOME}/.gconf/system/networking/connections/ over to the other system. Shut down NetworkManager and the applet before doing it:

sudo /etc/init.d/NetworkManager stop
pkill nm-applet
and once the directory has been copied over restart them:

sudo /etc/init.d/NetworkManager start
Press Alt+F2 and enter nm-applet --sm-disable to start the applet.

May 3rd, 2010, 08:25 PM

January 18th, 2011, 04:17 PM
For 10.10, you should use:

sudo service network-manager stop

(Not a ghost thread, this question ranks on Google.)

May 2nd, 2011, 08:35 PM
Thanks, I was looking for this... :-)

June 22nd, 2011, 08:03 PM
I was looking for such a solution...but its not working for my problem. I want copy my network profiles from one System (10.10) and hard drive to another 11.04. one. In both Im using network manager.

(highly rang on google)

October 6th, 2011, 10:05 PM
Hi there, also having a hard time finding any documentation on this. I run 10.04, and I used a combination of the advices here which hasn't worked for me so far.

I stopped network
sudo service network-manager stop

then tried to copy $/.gconf/system/networking/connections

and I get
Error copying "%gconf.xml"

There was an error copying the file into /media/SEALIFECAM/connections/46/802-11-wireless.

Error opening file: Input/output error

a bunch of times, though within my newly copied folder are a bunch of %gconf.xml files.

Any advice on what is going wrong? I can't find a how to specific to 10.04.

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