[arch-projects] [netctl][PATCH] Move away from using wpa_actiond

Jouke Witteveen j.witteveen at gmail.com
Fri Feb 8 19:17:52 UTC 2019

On Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 3:36 PM Emil Velikov <emil.l.velikov at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 7 Feb 2019 at 14:50, Jouke Witteveen via arch-projects
> <arch-projects at archlinux.org> wrote:
> >
> > The same functionality is provided by wpa_supplicant, so we do not need
> > an extra and Arch Linux specific dependency.
> The introduction of wpa_actiond [1] hints there are issues with wpa_cli. Namely:
> - partial or missing logging capabilities
> - race conditions
> Sadly I don't know much more about this. It'll be great if can use
> wpa_cli, while not introducing new issues.
> -Emil
> [1] https://git.archlinux.org/wpa_actiond.git/commit/?id=c5c587771403d31ab4538e1c756e0b88a4641a92

Thanks! This detective work is highly appreciated! For some reason I
had assumed wpa_cli would have gained this functionality only after
wpa_actiond came into existence. This couldn't really explain why both
use the same parameter names though...
I wonder if the issues with wpa_cli have been taken upstream. In my
experience, the maintainer of wpa_supplicant is very pleasant to work

autowifi and, later, wpa_actiond are important parts of the history of
netctl, but I tend to give over 10 years of development in
wpa_supplicant the benefit of the doubt. This means I would like to
try to move away from wpa_actiond anyway. Currently, except from those
using wpa_actiond directly, I think netctl is the only user of

@Thomas: do you have an oppinion in these matters?

- Jouke

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