Ubuntu – How to remove access point from saved list


OS: Ubuntu 11.10 with gnome-shell

I've few access points on my saved list which I want to remove and never connect to.
I can't seem to find way to delete these.

How should I remove (at least not auto connect) from saved access point list?

Best Answer

ctrl + t {for terminal prompt}
cd /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections 
sudo rm {wireless_hotspot_name}

Hope that helps


Seems like this turned into a fairly popular answer, so I went ahead and wrote an automated script to do this for everyone. Just copy the below script into into /usr/local/bin/wireless and remember to run command sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/wireless

Glad to see this is continually helping fellow *buntu users ;) newest version(s) will be on GitHub

# Review and Remove Wireless Access Points on DEB based Systems
# Make sure to place script in /usr/local/bin 

# CPR : Jd Daniel :: GabelBombe
# MOD : 2013-12-09 @ 12:27:02

# INP : $ wireless -{flag} {arg}



# If the user is not root
if [ "$(id -u)" != "0" ]; then
  echo "This script must be run as root" 1>&2 ; exit 1

declare -r VERSION='1.2b'
declare -r net_dir='/etc/NetworkManager/system-connections'

function list ()
  cd "${net_dir}"

    export count=$(ls |wc -l) # used in drop function

  files=$(ls) # simple ls

  echo -e "\n\tFound ${count} wireless connections"

    for f in $files; do
        echo -e "\t * $f"

function drop ()
  # make sure that we have a working file and directory...
  cd "${net_dir}" ; [ -f "$OPTARG" ] || { echo -e "\n\tConnection does not exist..." ; exit 1; }

  # confirmation for removal
  printf "\n\tDo you want to delete $OPTARG [y/n] " ; read -r resp

    # strtolower, and rm
    if [ 'y' == "$(echo $resp | awk '{print tolower($0)}')" ]; then
      rm -f ${net_dir}/${OPTARG}

function flush ()
  # make sure that we have a directory with files...
  cd "${net_dir}" ; list ; [ 0 -ge "${count}" ] && { echo -e "\tExiting, Nothing to flush..." ;  exit 1 ; }

  # confirmation for removing all files
  printf "\n\tAll Wireless Connections will be removed, continue? [y/n] " ; read -r resp

    # strtolower, and rm
    if [ 'y' == "$(echo $resp | awk '{print tolower($0)}')" ]; then
      rm -f ${net_dir}/*

function version ()
  echo -e "\n\twireless (GNU wireless network purge) v${VERSION}"
  echo -e "\n\tCopyright (C) 2013 Hydra Code, LLC."
  echo -e "\tLicense GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.\n\tThis is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.\n\tThere is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law."
  echo -e "\n\n\tWritten by Jd Daniel (GabelBombe) http://github.com/GabelBombe"
  exit 0

function help ()
  echo -e "\n\tUsage: wireless [OPTION]... [FILE]..."
  echo -e "\tList, remove single or flush the contents of your Wireless Network Manager"
  echo -e "\n\tThe options below may be used to perform the above actions, this program will only"
  echo -e "\trun a single flag or parameter at a time. Flag chaining is only available for -d"
  echo -e "\t  -l, --list \t\t List the contents of your 'Network Manager'"
  echo -e "\t  -d, --drop [conn] \t Drop a single (or multiple) wireless connections"
  echo -e "\t  -f, --flush \t\t Flush all wireless connections."
  echo -e "\t      --help \t\t Display this help menu and exit"
  echo -e "\t      --version \t Display version information and exit"
  exit 0


# no long-opts supported except --help
while getopts ':ld:f-:' OPT; do
  case $OPT in

    l) list  ;;
    d) dirList="${dirList} $OPTARG" ; drop  ;;
    f) flush ;;
    -) #long option
       case $OPTARG in

          list)     list    ;;
          drop)     drop    ;;
          flush)    flush   ;;
          help)     help    ;;
          version)  version ;;

    : ) echo -e "\n\tMissing option argument for -$OPTARG" >&2;               exit 1;;
    * ) echo -e "\n\tUnknown flag supplied ${OPTARG}\n\tTry wireless --help"; exit 1;;

shift $(($OPTIND - 1))

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