WPA_SUPPLICANT(8)       NetBSD System Manager's Manual       WPA_SUPPLICANT(8)


NAME
wpa_supplicant -- WPA/802.11i Supplicant for wireless network devices
SYNOPSIS
wpa_supplicant [-BdehLqvw] -i ifname -c config-file [-N -i ifname -c config-file ...]
DESCRIPTION
The wpa_supplicant utility is an implementation of the WPA Supplicant component, i.e., the part that runs in the client stations. It imple- ments WPA key negotiation with a WPA Authenticator and EAP authentication with an Authentication Server. In addition, wpa_supplicant controls the roaming and IEEE 802.11 authentication/association support and can be used to configure static WEP keys based on identified networks. The wpa_supplicant utility is designed to be a ``daemon'' program that runs in the background and acts as the backend component controlling the wireless connection. It supports separate frontend programs such as the text-based wpa_cli(8) program. The following arguments must be specified on the command line: -i ifname Use the specified wireless interface. -c config-file Use the settings in the specified configuration file when manag- ing the wireless interface. See wpa_supplicant.conf(5) for a description of the configuration file syntax and contents. Changes to the configuration file can be reloaded by sending a SIGHUP signal to the wpa_supplicant process or with the wpa_cli(8) utility, using ``wpa_cli reconfigure''.
OPTIONS
The following options are available: -B Detach from the controlling terminal and run as a daemon process in the background. -d Enable debugging messages. If this option is supplied twice, more verbose messages are displayed. -e Use an external IEEE 802.1X Supplicant program and disable the internal Supplicant. This option is not normally used. -h Show help text. -K Include key information in debugging output. -L Display the license for this program on the terminal and exit. -N -i ifname -c config-file ... Specify an additional interface and configuration file. If mul- tiple interfaces are specified then wpa_supplicant will manage them all with a single process. -q Decrease debugging verbosity (i.e., counteract the use of the -d flag). -v Display version information on the terminal and exit. -w If the specified interface is not present, wait for it to be added; e.g. a cardbus device to be inserted.
SEE ALSO
ath(4), ipw(4), iwi(4), ral(4), wi(4), wpa_supplicant.conf(5), ifconfig(8), wpa_cli(8)
HISTORY
The wpa_supplicant utility first appeared in NetBSD 4.0.
AUTHORS
The wpa_supplicant utility was written by Jouni Malinen <jkmaline@cc.hut.fi>. This manual page is derived from the README file included in the wpa_supplicant distribution. NetBSD 5.0 October 1, 2005 NetBSD 5.0

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