[Grml] grml 0.5 and WPA

Michael Prokop mika at grml.org
Sun Dec 18 22:39:40 CET 2005

* Oliver Vecernik <ml at vecernik.at> [20051218 18:38]:
> Michael Prokop schrieb:
> > This should print all your NICs, right?

> Maybe there ist another problem with the WG511T hardware, let's put it
> away and just talk about the integrated ORiNOCO.


> After a clean boot the hardware is now up and running with WEP (I just
> overtyped the key for obvious reasons):

> # iwconfig eth1
> eth1      IEEE 802.11b  ESSID:"vds"  Nickname:"HERMES I"
>           Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437 GHz  Access Point:
> 00:09:5B:87:B0:F6
>           Bit Rate:2 Mb/s   Sensitivity:1/3
>           Retry limit:4   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
>           Encryption key:xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xx   Security
> mode:open
>           Power Management:off
>           Link Quality=23/92  Signal level=-69 dBm  Noise level=-92 dBm
>           Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
>           Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

Ok, fine.

> # mount /mnt/sda
> # save-config -all -file /mnt/sda/config.tbz

> After booting with the following params:

> fb1280x1024 grml lang=at myconfig=/dev/sda

> The network is down again. It seems, that eth1 is initialized and dhcp
> tries to get the values *before* the `config.tbz' is read.

> I have to rerun grml-network to get the WLAN working again
> (configuration of ssid and key is loaded correctly). Can this be automated?

Ah, hmmmm.

After booting your system without touching grml-network:
Does 'Restart networking' (run as root) work for you?
Or booting with additional bootoption "services=networking"?

> > And the connection works as soon as you deactivate WPA?

> Trying to use WPA is unsuccessful, because no driver initializes the
> card. Trying to use grml-network does not offer the choice for WPA.

I'll take a closer look at it in the next few days, maybe I can find
some more details.

> > And the configuration in /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf is ok?

> As far as I can see, yes. I run the ORiNOCO card with WPA with exactly
> this parameters under another OS. But this is not a really grml related
> issue or is there maybe a prob with a kernel mod?

Well, starting with kernel 2.6.13 some changes took place, yes.
But - using the appropriate configuration, driver and hardware - it
should work anyway of course. There are definitely guys out there using
grml with WLAN cards and WPA. ;-)

*Maybe* using a more recent kernel fixes your problem. grml
develrelease 0.5-3 provides 2.6.14-grml and in the next few days
another (updated) develrelease will be available. Drop me a note if
you want to get access to the ISO and you'll get a mail as soon as
it's available.  (It's available for grml-beta-testers -

> > Just add the following lines to your ~/.xinitrc:

> >   export LANG="de_AT at euro"
> >   export LC_ALL="de_AT at euro"
> >   setxkbmap de

> I appended it to .xinitrc, but this didn't work. After some search, I
> changed /etc/sysconfig/keyboard to XKEYBOARD="de". Now it's working.

Attention. :)

Do not append it, because then it would be executed right after
running wmii. You have to place it *before* the "exec /usr/bin/wmii"
line. (Some more documentation regarding language handling will
follow, I'm working on it.)

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