Does wicd need to be enabled for USB Networking?

Hello,

I’m running “Linux beaglebone 3.8.13-bone80 #1 SMP Wed Jun 15 17:03:55 UTC 2016 armv7l GNU/Linux” on a Rev C BBB.
Yes, this is an old version, but have to remain on this due to the application, and have the latest eMMC(5.1) support(Thank you Robert!).

I have everything working as usual, but have an unusual need to disable wicd (sudo update-rc.d wicd disable).

The application samples a GPIO and it works reliably only if wicd is disabled. In fact I see wicd come up on top(top -d 1) while the application is running.

Unfortunately, I also have a need for USB networking. USB0 and the RNDIS driver get mounted on windows alright, but ssh’ing into the BBB with wicd disabled does not work.

I also have the following services disabled.

sudo update-rc.d apache2 disable
sudo update-rc.d wicd disable
sudo systemctl disable cloud9.service
sudo update-rc.d saned disable
sudo update-rc.d lightdm disable
sudo systemctl stop graphical.target

sudo update-rc.d alsa-utils disable
sudo update-rc.d avahi-daemon disable
sudo systemctl disable bonescript-autorun.service
sudo update-rc.d cpufrequtils disable
sudo update-rc.d hdparm disable
sudo update-rc.d loadcpufreq disable
sudo systemctl disable wpa_supplicant.service
sudo systemctl disable bonescript.socket
sudo systemctl disable cloud9.socket
sudo systemctl disable graphical.target

Question: Can I get USB networking back with wicd disabled?
Thank you.

-Gerry