wpa_supplicant questions

Andrew Gould andrewlylegould at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 02:06:43 UTC 2014

Have you considered using the wifimgr port? You can find more information


Best of luck,


On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM, David Benfell <benfell at parts-unknown.org>

> Hi all,
> With my notebook system, I wander various places and have to alter the
> wpa supplicant configuration for some of these places. (Fortunately,
> this proved easier than I expected and the initial installation
> provided example entries that, gee, I know work.)
> I then need to restart the network, sometimes overriding an
> association wpa_supplicant may already have made.
> 'service netif restart' seems inadequate and I have been having to
> reboot--an elaborate process because the notebook is UEFI and won't
> boot legacy-style off the hard disk.
> What is the correct incantation to do this?
> Also, how does one escape an apostrophe in an SSID, as in "Nature's
> Express" (the SSID at a vegan restaurant in North Berkeley), in the
> wpa supplicant configuration?
> Finally, does 'ifconfig scan' output indicate signal strength? At a
> conference I attended yesterday, they had several similarly named
> access points to choose from (the ability to use a wildcard would have
> been helpful as they all take the same password), but I did not know
> which I should choose. As you can imagine, this compounded the above
> difficulties--I wound up abandoning my attempt to use my FreeBSD
> notebook in this situation.
> Thanks!
> --
> David Benfell <benfell at parts-unknown.org>
> See https://parts-unknown.org/node/2 if you don't understand the
> attachment.

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