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

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Sun Jun 19 16:58:58 EDT 2011

Am 19.06.2011 18:13, schrieb Rémy Oudompheng:
> 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.

You can use iw to configure wireless options. You can also use iw
instead of iwconfig for the wep-old and open-old modes.

> 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?

This isn't needed, this looks like a workaround for very early linux
wireless drivers.

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