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

     wpa_supplicant -- WPA/802.11i Supplicant for wireless network devices

     wpa_supplicant [-BdehLqvw] [-f debug-file] -i ifname -c config-file
                    [-N -i ifname -c config-file ...]

     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''.

     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.  Messages are sent to stdout
             by default, even when daemonised.  This can be changed with the
             -f flag.

     -e      Use an external IEEE 802.1X Supplicant program and disable the
             internal Supplicant.  This option is not normally used.

     -f      Specifies a file to send debug messages to when enabled with the
             -d flag.

     -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

     -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.

     ath(4), ipw(4), iwi(4), ral(4), wi(4), wpa_supplicant.conf(5),
     ifconfig(8), wpa_cli(8)

     The wpa_supplicant utility first appeared in NetBSD 4.0.

     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 7.0                     January 22, 2010                     NetBSD 7.0

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