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Re: A few newbie questions about networking (wired and wireless)

On 10 November 2013 23:39, Chavdar Ivanov <> wrote:
> On 10 November 2013 20:32, Ottavio Caruso
> <> wrote:
>> 2) How can I tell the system not to spend time configuring the card if
>> no cable is plugged in, without blacklisting the card in rc.conf?
> I'd suggest use dhcpcd.

I've done that and it fixed one problem, but then I got all my screen
splattered with

arplookup: unable to locate address .....
arplookup: unable to locate address .....
arplookup: unable to locate address .....

I had to add: auto_ifconfig=NO to rc.conf.

Considering I'd have to start wpa_supplicant manually all the time,
not having all interfaces up is not a problem.

>> 4) I swap between home (wpa) and public library (open network)
>> wireless. Is there any kind of user friendly gui-based applet that can
>> help me switch between these networks?
> Well, there is GUI in pkgsrc (see net/dhcpcd-gtk), I've tried it, but
> I usually preconfigure my wireless networks in wpa_supplicant.conf -
> you can have as many networks defined there as you like, it will pick
> up the one which is available and associate with it; from then on
> dhcpcd will get you an address from the DHCP server on the network (in
> the trivial case the wireless router).

Thanks. I'll look into that (tomorrow).

Good night.


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