f9 wireless reconnection problems

Jack Howarth howarth at bromo.msbb.uc.edu
Wed Jul 23 01:35:34 UTC 2008

   I am seeing a problem under Fedora 9 x86_64 with the
madwifi wireless drivers in use. What I find is that on
occasion the wireless connection will drop and the NetworkManager
will attempt to reconnect to the wireless network. However
this process always fails as follows. A dialog appears saying
that the wireless network (correctly) requires a WPA2 password
(which it refers to as a secret). The dialog is preloaded with
the saved password for this wireless network. However when I
click the show password checkbox, the password is always shown
as a long series of digits rather than the plain text that it
should be. If I re-enter the password as text and click connect,
the reconnection to the wireless network always fails.
    Are there know issues with error-recovery in the NetworkManager
for dropped wireless connections? I ask about this because I know
there are issues with the madwifi driver (I am using the svn)
with smp but I am in a poor wifi spot so the drop may just be
a flaw in the driver with low s/n. The current issue smells more
like a problem with the password keychain support in the
NetworkManger. Thanks in advance for any insights.

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