Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 508640
wpa_supplicant installed and enabled on non-wifi machines
Last modified: 2009-11-29 17:18:55 EST
Description of problem:
wpa_supplicant installed and enabled on non-wifi machines like my desktop machine
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
I believe wpa_supplicant is also used to do 802.1x on wired ethernet. It's a core part of the NetworkManager set-up, and it's very unlikely that it will be removed, or even that it can be removed in a consistent manner.
Correct, it will most likely always be installed, if only so that when you insert a wifi card or use an 802.1x-enabled network, you can do that without having to download and install additional packages. Same reason all the wifi drivers are installed by the kernel package even though you may not (yet) have any wifi devices.
The supplicant should not be turned *on* by default. If, on a *fresh* install, it's turned on at all in the following command:
chkconfig --list | grep wpa
then we should re-open this bug and ensure that the supplicant init service isn't on-by-default.