Network Loopback Device connected externally

Updated networkmanager to version 1.42.0-1 yesterday. After rebooting, I noticed that loopback device (device name lo) is enabled by default, which wasn’t the case before the update:

Is this normal? What does “connected externally” mean?

I ran nmcli connection show lo (full output can be found here: and found that connection.autoconnect is set to no, so I don’t understand why the device is connected by default. Is something else enabling the device?

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I noticed this last night after updating as well on kde

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See this thread.

It’s a new feature of networkmanager:


Thought it might have been a “feature” over a bug though wasn’t quite sure, thanks for the reply and answering this

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