[Pkg-wpa-devel] Fwd: wpa_supplicant / NetworkManager

Kel Modderman kelrin at tpg.com.au
Thu Mar 2 08:19:31 UTC 2006

Reinhard Tartler wrote:

>On Wed, Mar 01, 2006 at 07:30:35PM -0500, Kyle McMartin wrote:
>>From: Michael Biebl <biebl at teco.edu>
>>Subject: wpa_supplicant / NetworkManager
>>Message-ID: <44050099.3050700 at teco.edu>
>>To: Kyle McMartin <kyle at debian.org>
>>Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 03:02:01 +0100
>>maybe giskard (Riccardo Setti) contacted you already about
>>NetworkManager [1]. The problem is, that NM must be able to send AP_SCAN
>>commands over the control socket, support for that has been added to the
>>latest development release 0.5.1. Without that NM can not work.
>>So I guess giskard asked you to upload a 0.5.1 version to experimental.
>>If that is too much hassle for you, there is also a small patch that can
>>be applied to the current stable version and which is also sufficient.
>>As you will have to release a 0.4.8 version anyway I included this patch
>>(30_ctrl_iface_ap_scan.dpatch) and prepared a new release 0.4.8-1. I
>>attached you the resulting diff.gz. All you would have to do is to
>>update the changelog.
>>You would do us (the Debian Utopia Team) a big favor if you could upload
>>this version 0.4.8-1 to unstable.
>My plan with wpasupplicant was to wait for wpasupplicant 0.4.7 to
>transition to testing, and then work on 0.4.8. In paralell, I intended
>to prepare an upload of 0.5.1 to experimental, with better integration
>to ifupdown, based on Kels work. (Besides, Kel, do you still intend to
>upload it? Did I miss your commit?)

I have found a only a few moments to work on the pre-up script this 
week, and also stumbled upon some problems too that i must think about. 
The pre-up script will basically work when a wpa_supplicant.conf file is 
supplied by the user. However, we both would like to see the possibility 
to start wpa_supplicant without a user supplied conffile (kind of like 
wep via wireless-tools), and indeed this is possible. The probem is: i 
have been unable to set a ssid via wpa_cli (0.5.1) from the shell, only 
when using the wpa_cli console itself. This is the showstopper for me 
right now. Will look really hard at this on the weekend (starting 
tomorrow night), okay?

>I will check the patch and see if we can include it to an 0.4.8 upload
>to unstable. Thanks for the patch!

I'd like to see 0.4.8 uploaded pretty soon, its been out for a while and 
fixes a few problems.

Thanks, Kel.

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