As I was experimenting with various things I deleted the file /etc/netplan/50-cloud-init.yaml. Now I can't get any network (ethernet or wifi) to connect. So I can't ssh to fix things. I am on Ubuntu Server 20.02. I can't even find a terminal (shell) app in the default gui. Help?

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    the best advice would be to restore your most recent backup ... Jun 4, 2021 at 0:31

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Easily done and its good to play..

Login to your machine via the console.. and use your editor of choice to edit /etc/netplan/50-cloud-init.yaml.

    version: 2
            dhcp4: true
                driver: bcmgenet smsc95xx lan78xx
            optional: true
            set-name: eth0
      optional: true
      dhcp4: true
         <Your ESSID>:
           password: <Your Pass-Phrase>

Then run..and check and fix any syntax/errors

netplan generate

Once that command is happy run:-

netplan apply

You should have networking back..

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    Fantastic. Does that lead to the same or a different result than doing $ sudo nmcli d wifi connect "said" password "pwd"?
    – pitosalas
    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:28
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    Also you need a colon after <your ssid> and I think you need password: before the password.
    – pitosalas
    Jun 4, 2021 at 12:48
  • Yes sorry vagaries of cut-n-paste.. Have updated.. Jun 4, 2021 at 14:18
  • I'm not using network manger on my ubuntu boxes.. so I don't even have nmctl running.. The idea with netplan is its the single wrapper around all networking.. Jun 4, 2021 at 14:19
  • You can add multiple unique <Your ESSID>: on separate lines if that helps Jun 4, 2021 at 14:19

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