Turning On Network Debugging

You can set systemd-networkd to work in debug mode so that you can analyze log files with debugging information to help troubleshoot networking problems.

You can turn on network debugging by adding a drop-in file in /etc/systemd to customize the default systemd configuration in /usr/lib/systemd.


  1. Run the following command as root to create a directory with the name systemd-networkd.service.d, including the .d extension.
mkdir -p /etc/systemd/system/systemd-networkd.service.d/
  1. Run the following command as root to establish a systemd drop-in unit with a debugging configuration for the network service.
cat > /etc/systemd/system/systemd-networkd.service.d/10-loglevel-debug.conf << "EOF"
  1. Reload the systemctl daemon and restart the systemd-networkd service for the changes to take effect.
systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl restart systemd-networkd
  1. Verify your changes.
systemd-delta --type=extended
  1. View the log files by running this command.
journalctl -u systemd-networkd
  1. After debugging the network connections, turn debugging off by deleting the drop-in file.
rm /etc/systemd/system/systemd-networkd.service.d/10-loglevel-debug.conf