Wishlist: add support of pass-phrases in iwconfig

Bug #788324 reported by blue balls on 2011-05-25
This bug affects 1 person
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wireless-tools (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: wireless-tools

  The iwconfig manual states that pass-phrases are not supported for the "key" parameter.

  I think it would be very useful to have this feature because in real life the WLAN routers that provide Internet access to Windows and Linux machines are configured with pass-phrases.

  The Windows machines can connect to those access points but the Linux machines cannot.

While I agree to some degree that the lack of passphrase support is inconvenient, you can always use NetworkManager to configure your access points to be able to connect to them; or using wpasupplicant if you only want to use the command line.

As for actually reporting this bug to the writers of wireless-tools; I can't seem to really find a place to report it, except by sending an email to the writer (see the wireless-tools homepage): http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/Tools.html. You can also report the bug in Debian.

I'll mark this Confirmed/Wishlist for now, since it's pretty clear that there isn't passphrase support, but it really is something that should be done upstream, as written above.

Changed in wireless-tools (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
blue balls (blueballs5432) wrote :


  Thank you for the info about wpasupplicant, I'll look into it.

  As for the NetworkManager, it doesn't work at all on my computers, I need to file a separate bug.

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