error: couldn't find the ModemManager process in the bus

João M. S. Silva joao.m.santos.silva at
Mon Aug 17 08:21:39 PDT 2015

I got help from ubuntu-devel-discuss and found a way to enable 
modemmanager without network-manager:

$ cat /etc/init/modemmanager.override
start on starting dbus
stop on stopped dbus

This makes it depend on dbus instead of network-manger, which I think is 
the correct dependence.

On 07/28/2015 08:53 AM, Aleksander Morgado wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 1:39 AM, João M. S. Silva
> <joao.m.santos.silva at> wrote:
>> Thank you Aleksander.
>> I'm on Ubuntu so I tried this without success:
>>    jmss at aida:~$ sudo update-rc.d modemmanager defaults
>>    update-rc.d: /etc/init.d/modemmanager: file does not exist
>> Then I looked inside /etc/init/modemmanager.conf and saw:
>>    start on starting network-manager
>>    stop on stopped network-manager
>> Maybe I'm not running network-manager since this is a server without GUI?
> Well, NetworkManager can be used in servers without GUI.
> Check if it is installed, with e.g.:
> $ dpkg -l | grep network

João M. S. Silva

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