wpasupplicant: "wpa-conf managed" appears no longer supported

Martin Schwenke martin at meltin.net
Wed May 23 00:36:39 UTC 2007

Package: wpasupplicant
Version: 0.5.7-0ubuntu2
Severity: normal

/usr/share/doc/wpasupplicant/README.modes.gz used to say to put:

  wpa-conf managed

in an /etc/network/interfaces stanza for an interfaces that were using
WPA managed mode.

However, in Feisty, doing this causes a failure... which is silent
depending on the configuration.  Therefore, wpasupplicant can
mysteriously fail to start after an Edgy -> Feisty upgrade.

I don't see this change documented anywhere (NEWS, changelog,
README.modes, ...)  and the section on "Hidden ssids" in the above
README still has a reference to this configuration option.  So, I
guess it is a documentation bug...

Even though I hit this for the 2nd time it still took a while to work
it out...  :-)

peace & happiness,

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers feisty-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'feisty-updates'), (500, 'feisty-security'), (500, 'feisty')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.20-15-generic
Locale: LANG=en_AU.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_AU.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

Versions of packages wpasupplicant depends on:
ii  libc6                     2.5-0ubuntu14  GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libdbus-1-3               1.0.2-1ubuntu3 simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libncurses5               5.5-5ubuntu2   Shared libraries for terminal hand
ii  libreadline5              5.2-2ubuntu1   GNU readline and history libraries
ii  libssl0.9.8               0.9.8c-4build1 SSL shared libraries
ii  lsb-base                  3.1-22ubuntu3  Linux Standard Base 3.1 init scrip

Versions of packages wpasupplicant recommends:
ii  dhcp3-client             3.0.4-12ubuntu4 DHCP Client

-- no debconf information

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