KDE Plasma 5 Network Manager without KDE Wallet

Hi all,

I just installed Leap 15.2 on a notebook and I have a strange problem with Network Manager.
First of all, I disabled the KDE Wallet. I don’t like it and I don’t want to use it.

The problem is, it doesn’t remember the wi-fi password like with Leap 15.1.
Also, when I make changes in a wlan connection, for example a dns server, the apply button stays disabled and the new settings
will not be memorized. It also does not ask me for the root password.
I tried the setting “apply settings for all users” but no difference.
What I want is that the password will be stored unencrypted in /etc/NetworkManagersystem-connections/
I can do that manually as root by copying a file from an older installation but I want to do it in a “normal” way.
If I remember well, in the past with Leap 15.1 it asked for the root password when I changed a setting in network manager (for all users).

What am I doing wrong?

I found it.

Password needs to be entered in the tab “Wi-Fi security” and “store password for all users (not encrypted)” needs to be selected.
After that it asks me for the root password.
Regarding the dns servers in tab IPv4, the field “Other DNS servers” ignores silently everything you write there.
One must click on the button left of it which opens a small dialog where you can add dns servers.
A weird design :bad:

New discovery. When I click on the network manager icon, the dialog opens and after that, a password dialog opens for the root password.
Problem is that this password dialog is hidden behind the network manager dialog :bad:

Offtopic: Sometimes I really hate Plasma. Problem is that the alternatives are worse…

I had a similar issue setting up wifi for a new user. It did prompt for root password but kept asking that not sure why. “Solution” was to login as the main account and check the option “Allow all users to connect to this” (or something along these lines). Then it got the wifi from the other user account.

Maybe we should stop fighting this KDE Wallet thing.

Then, you’ll have to accept that, “secrets” such as the WLAN passwords are stored in plain text in a file located in the Network Manager directory below “/etc/” …

  • You’ll also have to accept that, the passwords needed to access your e-Mail accounts will also be in plain text files usually located somewhere in the user’s home directory below ‘~/.local/share/’ …

I know, you’re going to say that, you’ve encrypted the entire disk installed in that Laptop machine …

  • Be aware that, with that route the machine will take a performance hit and, if you do not take regular backups, in the event of disk problems, you’ll lose all your data on that machine – with no chance of recovery …