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

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Sun Jun 19 12:19:42 EDT 2011

On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM, Rémy Oudompheng <remy at archlinux.org> wrote:
> 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?

I think some drivers don't (didn't?) support switching modes if the
interface is up, or something like that?


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