Bug 70648 - no place for wireless config parameters
Summary: no place for wireless config parameters
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Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
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Version: limbo
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact: Brock Organ
: 75293 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2002-08-03 01:01 UTC by david d zuhn
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:29 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-08-14 15:47:15 UTC
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My /etc/sysconfig/wireless example (419 bytes, text/plain)
2002-08-03 01:02 UTC, david d zuhn
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Description david d zuhn 2002-08-03 01:01:03 UTC
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Description of problem:
There doesn't appear to be an obvious place to put wireless configuration
information (such as ESSID, mode, keys, etc).  This used
to be in /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts, with a useful if perhaps cryptic method to
determine which card is in use, and make the right settings.

ifup-wireless (part of initscripts) has the right code to use iwconfig in order
to set the values, but I don't see an obvious
place that this information can be set.  There's no machine 
specific file that's used to provide this sort of info.

Nor have I found any GUIsh tools for supporting this information.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. see ifup-wireless
2. look for a place to set ESSID or KEY

Additional info:

I added a small chunk of code to ifup-wireless that should look

[ -f /etc/sysconfig/wireless ] && . /etc/sysconfig/wireless

Now I can do whatever I need in a shell script to set the parameters
that need setting.  I do miss this being part of the pcmcia settings,
since I use a scheme where if it's in the bottom slot, I use the
values for home and in the top pc card slot, I use the values for

There should be a good way to manage multiple wireless profiles,
ideally based on information already obtained (like ESSID perhaps,
or MAC address of the AP).  I've hacked something within /etc/sysconfig/wireless
to check which slot I'm in via /var/lib/pcmcia/stab, which is really ugly but it

I couldn't do this unless I made the requested change to ifup-wireless however.

Comment 1 david d zuhn 2002-08-03 01:02:52 UTC
Created attachment 68666 [details]
My /etc/sysconfig/wireless example

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2002-08-12 19:38:55 UTC
This is done in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-<whatever>

Comment 3 david d zuhn 2002-08-14 15:47:10 UTC
I think this is a serious regression in functionality.  Under the older system
I had a mechanism that was independent of what the actual interface name was,
as it was based on the card type (in /etc/pcmcia/wireless.opts or whatever
the exact file name was).

The fact that ifup-wireless is a separate piece from the remainder of the ifup-
mechanisms is a clear sign that its possible for a wireless card to be on any
interface and separated from some of the basic networking infrastructure.  I
like the idea that this networking info is in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts

The problem now is that my wireless interface changes from time to time,
because sometimes I'm using a wired connection at the same time.  If 
ifup-wireless would be interface independent by moving the wireless config
info out of ifcfg-*, I could easily be running with or without additional
interfaces, regardless of the order that I installed the network cards
into this machine.

Now if there were a simple non-code file to edit to place these wireless
config parameters into, I'd be interface independent.

Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2002-10-07 19:17:36 UTC
This is probably best done by changing the association to something other than
ethX device names; this is a non-trivial change.

Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 2002-10-07 19:17:43 UTC
*** Bug 75293 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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