[Debian-eeepc-devel] Bug#467654: problem with wireless action

Damyan Ivanov dmn at debian.org
Sat Sep 27 06:47:36 UTC 2008

tags 467654 moreinfo

-=| Eric Cooper, Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 01:09:23PM -0500 |=-
> Package: eeepc-acpi-scripts
> Version: 1.0

> To: Debian Eee PC Team <debian-eeepc-devel at lists.alioth.debian.org>
> From: leandro noferini <lnoferin at cybervalley.org>
> User-Agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1 (gnu/linux)
> Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 12:01:58 +0100
> Subject: Re: [Debian-eeepc-devel] eeepc-acpi-scripts_1.0_i386.changes
> > eeepc-acpi-scripts_1.0.dsc - extra utils
> > eeepc-acpi-scripts_1.0_all.deb - extra utils
> I am trying  this package also installed within apt and  I have a little
> trouble with wireless:
> In /etc/acpi/actions/wireless there is the line
> if ! ifconfig ath0 up;....
> so when I switch on the wireless also the interfaces switch on.
> This  gives  me the  trouble  because I  have  yet  configured the  ath0
> interface in /etc/network/interfaces so the command 'ifup ath0' does not
> work.
> More,   I  have   configured  this   interface  to   use   roaming  with
> wpa-supplicant so  this program fails always until  I configure properly
> the interface using before 'ifconfig ath0 down' and then 'ifup ath0'.
> Commenting  out the line  in /etc/acpi/action/wireless  everything works
> fine.

This line is needed for the iwlist command to work after it for 

I have a setup similar to yours (roaming wpa_supplicant) and I never 
had any trouble because of tha ifconfig up. Moreover, I don't need ti 
ifup the interface manually -- the network hotplugging handles it 

Here's th relevant part of my interfaces file:

 allow-hotplug ra0
 iface ra0 inet manual
        wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

(ra0 is the network card found oon 901 models, but I am certain this 
same snippet worked with ath0)

With this config, enabling the wireless makes it run wpa_supplicant 
automatically and everithing 'just works'.

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