[arch-general] [netcfg] Getting rid of wireless_tools

James Rayner james at archlinux.org
Mon Jun 20 03:21:36 EDT 2011

On Sun, 19 Jun 2011 18:13 +0200, "Rémy Oudompheng" <remy at archlinux.org>
> Hello,
> wpa_supplicant is supposed to provide most of the wireless_tools
> functionality. I have set up a branch of netcfg that replaces all uses
> of wireless_tools by wpa_supplicant.
> http://projects.archlinux.org/users/remy/netcfg.git/log/?h=no-iwconfig
> iwconfig is still used by the deprecated IWCONFIG option, but there is
> still one thing I don't really understand.
> In src/connections/wireless, there is block that calls "iwconfig mode
> Managed" before starting wpa_supplicant. The log is not really
> explicit about why this was added (it merely says it was necessary for
> iwl3945), and wpa_supplicant man page only says it's necessary for the
> hostap driver, which we do not use. Does anybody knows the reason why
> it is needed?

At that time the iwl3945 driver was very new and wpa_supplicant didn't
work unless you put the card into managed mode beforehand. Hopefully
that's no longer the case - it should be fine to remove that line now.

Awesome work with netcfg, it's great to see someone working on it again!

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