wpa_supplicant and NetworkManager coexistance?

Dan Williams dcbw at redhat.com
Sun Mar 5 04:29:54 UTC 2006

On Sun, 2006-03-05 at 04:18 +1100, Steven Haigh wrote:
> Has anyone got these to work side by side as yet?
> It seems that each one is always trying to grab control of the wifi  
> adapter - I tell NetworkManager to connect to my local AP - which it  
> does, then wpa disconnects it and scans itself. Same the other way  
> around.
> Is there any way to make these co-exist? I guess what would be really  
> neat is to have WPA functionality in NetworkManger - then you get a  
> nice little GUI to configure 802.1x.... Great for those EAP-TTLS  
> access points out there!

You cannot run NetworkManager _and_ wpa_supplicant as a daemon at the
same time.  NM uses wpa_supplicant underneath for its
association/authentication and link management, but it spawns its own
copy of wpa_supplicant for a couple of reasons.  Eventually, I think
we'd like to just use an existing wpa_supplicant daemon, but that's a
ways off.


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