Bug 449211 - wpa_cli and wpa_gui fail to connect to supplicant in dbus mode without "-i" flag
wpa_cli and wpa_gui fail to connect to supplicant in dbus mode without "-i" flag
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: wpa_supplicant (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Dan Williams
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-05-31 07:25 EDT by Pavel Polischouk
Modified: 2017-08-10 07:26 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 13:53:04 EDT
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Add a proper README file to docdir (873 bytes, patch)
2008-06-03 22:57 EDT, Pavel Polischouk
no flags Details | Diff
Man page update highlighting per-interface options. (1.75 KB, patch)
2008-06-03 23:31 EDT, Pavel Polischouk
no flags Details | Diff

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Description Pavel Polischouk 2008-05-31 07:25:02 EDT
Description of problem:
When wpa_supplicant is started with -u switch (dbus mode), both wpa_cli and
wpa_gui fail to connect to it.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start wpa_supplicant service, making sure -u flag is used
2. Try to start wpa_cli or wpa_gui
Actual results:
wpa_cli v0.6.3
Copyright (c) 2004-2008, Jouni Malinen <j@w1.fi> and contributors


Could not connect to wpa_supplicant - re-trying

Expected results:
wpa_cli and wpa_gui should have the switch (same -u?) to be able to talk to
wpa_supplicant over dbus interface instead of default socket interface.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Dan Williams 2008-06-02 16:19:09 EDT
Hmm; you may want to ensure that the right bits are in
/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf about ctrl_interface?  They should be
there by default, what does yours have in it, and what does "ps ax | grep wpa"
show when the service is started?

This isn't intentional, you should be able to at least talk to it with the
socket control interface if -u is used.
Comment 2 Pavel Polischouk 2008-06-03 17:32:12 EDT
Debugged it further. It appears that it's not "-u" flag that prevents the socket
control from functioning. The pass/fail condition matrix is as follows:

"-ieth1 -u" works fine
"-ieth1" works fine
"-u" : socket control doesn't work, supplicant works.
"" : supplicant doesn't start at all, either -i or -u option must be present.

So it used to work before because I had "-ieth1" in my
/etc/sysconfig/wpa_supplicant. Switching to NetworkManager I saved my old config
and used the default one provided by rpm package instead, which has no "-i"
flag. Perhaps some glitch in startup code that skips part of initialization when
started without -i?
Comment 3 Pavel Polischouk 2008-06-03 22:45:06 EDT
Analysed the source code. wpa_supplicant considers config files (given by -c
options) per interface. If no -i option is given, no config file is read. Global
control interface file name is taken either from config file, or from -C/-g
command line option, with no built-in default. The global control interface can
ONLY be given through -g option, since there's NO global config file. This also
means that for global config file, no group control is possible

Usually wpa_supplicant refuses to start unless at least one -i is specified.
However, if -u is present, it will start and disregard any config files.

Considering the above, it might not be a real bug, but just a not very intuitive
set of command line options that is also adequately documented. Man page
specifically fails to mention the fact that in certain cases the -c option will
have no action, or the limitations of global control interface. Some of that
information is present in wpa_supplicant/README in source code, but that file is
not %doc'd in RPM build (another generic README with no useful information is
%doc'd instead).

My recommendation: at least update the spec to %doc the proper README, and
update the man page to mark the options which are per-interface and are ignored
in "externally controlled" mode.
Comment 4 Pavel Polischouk 2008-06-03 22:57:29 EDT
Created attachment 308313 [details]
Add a proper README file to docdir

Replace README with %{name}/README in %doc, so wpa_supplicant README is
included instead of hostap top-level stub.
Comment 5 Pavel Polischouk 2008-06-03 23:31:25 EDT
Created attachment 308314 [details]
Man page update highlighting per-interface options.
Comment 6 Dan Williams 2008-07-02 18:52:08 EDT
These patches got pushed upstream, right?  ISTR something like this going past
on the hostap mailing lists.  If that's correct, I'll pull in the git commits
that Jouni did.  Thanks for the debugging!
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Comment 9 Turgut Kalfaoglu 2017-08-10 07:26:51 EDT
Fedora 25:  wpa_cli , with or without the -i parameter gives the same error message, that it could not connect to wpa_supplicant. Verified that wpa_supplicant daemon is running..

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