Re: Network Manager, WPA, "available to all users"

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On 06/01/2010 05:11 PM, Wolfgang S. Rupprecht wrote:
> Steven Stern <[email protected]> writes:
>> I have a desktop with wireless, due to some cabling difficulties. I'm
>> trying to switch from "Network" to "NetworkManager" because we're moving
>> our wireless from WEP to WPA-PSK.
>> Using Network Manager, I can configure a connection with a static IP
>> address and things seem fine.
>> BUT, I want this connection established at boot time and I don't want to
>> have to manually enter the WPA-PSK password.
>> So, I used EDIT CONNECTIONS to edit the connection and checked
>> "Available to all users". When I click "Apply", the "Auto xxxx" has
>> disappeared from the list of wireless connections.  Clicking on the
>> network from the list shown my nm-applet seems to create an "Auto xxxx"
>> that uses DHCP and has forgotten the password.
>> How do I configure a WPA-PSK wireless connection that (1) is remembered
>> and (2) available whether or not I'm logged in?
> That should have worked.  Back in F11 or F12 that is how I made my WPA2
> network available at boot time.  Try it again, maybe NetworkManager
> is buggy now.  The latest versions seem much worse than the 6-month old
> versions that were replaced.
> If all else fails, add the psk by hand.  Here is what the files should
> have looked like if NetworkMangler didn't mangled them.
>     [email protected] ~]# cd /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/
>     [[email protected] network-scripts]# cat ifcfg-Auto_wsrcc 
>     ESSID="wsrcc"
>     MODE=Managed
>     TYPE=Wireless
>     BOOTPROTO=dhcp
>     NAME="Auto wsrcc"
>     UUID=<some numbers>
>     ONBOOT=yes
>     DEVICE=Auto_wsrcc0
>     IPV6INIT=yes
>     USERCTL=no
>     RATE=auto
>     CHANNEL=
>     WPA_ALLOW_WPA=yes
>     WPA_ALLOW_WPA2=yes
>     PEERDNS=yes
>     PEERROUTES=yes
>     LAST_CONNECT=1260809759
>     [[email protected] network-scripts]# cat keys-wlan0 
>     KEY=                               # (the KEY variable was truly empty)
>     [[email protected] network-scripts]# cat keys-Auto_wsrcc 
>     KEY=                               # ditto
>     WPA_PSK="nobodyisgoingtoguessthispassword"
>     [[email protected] network-scripts]# 
> -wolfgang

Thanks.  I'll see what happens next time I boot.

-- Steve
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