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Re: wpasupplicant for all wireless ops?

Jérémy Bobbio <lunar@debian.org> writes:

> On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 09:53:59PM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
>> On Tuesday 14 April 2009, Jérémy Bobbio wrote:
>> >  * NetworkManager is used on most distros (and Debian as well) for
>> >    desktop installations. NetworkManager always use wpasupplicant for
>> >    interaction with wireless networks so now both wpasupplicant and the
>> >    drivers have been quite tested.
>> >
>> > Getting rid of our custom code dealing with the wireless sounds to
>> > favor more commonly used software sounds like a desirable goal to me.
>> >
>> > What do other thinks?
>> As long as networkmanager does not become a requirement. Installing a 
>> system using wireless should result in working networking both with and 
>> without networkmanager installed in the target system.
> Sure, I was only thinking about netcfg internals. Configuring /e/n/i
> should be done as it currently is, only installing wpasupplicant by
> default if a WPA network was used for the installation.

What does that mean for installations via WPA? Do you intend to write
out the WPA key in /e/n/i? Besides, what does happen for installations
via WEP encrypted wifi?

Wouldn't it be better to not configure wifi devices in /e/n/i at all,
at least not when the installer has installed network-manager? This
would be my preferred option with my pkg-wpa-devel hat on. 

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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