[arch-general] netctl provides wifi-menu which is unusable

Leonid Isaev lisaev at umail.iu.edu
Thu Feb 27 12:42:26 EST 2014

On Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:10:39 +0100
Nowaker <enwukaer at gmail.com> wrote:

> Guys, the goal of this "slanted ranting" (really?) is to propose a good 
> solution and make Arch better. Please think out of the box and answer 
> one question:
> Would a separate netctl-wifi-menu package that depends on dialog, 
> wpa_supplicant and dhcpcd be better or not - and why?

No, it won't. Because the metadata will take more space than the actual
application. Besides, wpa_supplicant and dhcpcd is needed not only for

> My answer is yes: it will make wifi-menu usable to anyone who wants to 
> use wifi-menu and installs the package.

IMHO, wifi-menu has always been a strange tool because it requires root
privileges to operate. But if I login as root, I might as well use wpa_cli,
iw or write a profile directly. It would be nice if we could use polkit
for non-root users...

Leonid Isaev
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