Recent Snapshots: Use of the Windows Registry by wpa_svc but does the wpa_supplicant?

George S. Lockwood gslockwood
Tue Aug 29 09:14:30 PDT 2006

Also, it is not clear to me in the README documents how the global
control intreface is used with the new windows pipes???

If I have the supplicant (or service) running in windows (using named
pipes for comm), what is the correct command line syntax to use the
"interface_add wlan0" command mentioned in the readme?

More to the point, how to format the same as a programmed request
command from within the cli application?  I assume the same, but today
I am always getting the Unk command" reply with the request and don't
know with certainty if it's the command or the format...

And I wish to use "interface_add" command request with the GUID not
the shorthand ('wlan0') style.  What would be that command's format?

sorry for the naff questions, but I'm afraid the readme is unclear in
this area...


On 8/29/06, George S. Lockwood <gslockwood at> wrote:
> I was afraid of that...that Reconfigure didn't reconfig "everything"
> -probably just the vars in the config file (if used).
> Only thing: is that I always get a "UNKNOWN COMMAND" when using the
> interface_add function.  I believe I saw in another thread that
> something about this was addressed in the 8-25 snapshot???
> Finally, the INTERFACE_ADD/REMOVE functions DO work for the supplicant
> as a service, right?  I.E. the service is intended to accept and act
> properly on these commands?
> thanks so much!
> george
> On 8/28/06, Jouni Malinen <jkmaline at> wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 28, 2006 at 07:53:12AM -0700, George S. Lockwood wrote:
> >
> > > I understand that the service form of the wpa_supplicant uses the
> > > Windows Registry to identify the WIFI NIC to use.
> > >
> > > Q: Does this imply that the wpa_supplicant does as well?
> >
> > No, wpa_supplicant.exe uses the command like parameter for selecting the
> > adapter name.
> >
> > > Q: If it does, then it would follow that I could update the registry
> > > with NIC strings and send a reconfig command to the service and expect
> > > that the service would then use the new NIC string(s) in the
> > > registry....right?
> >
> > That would not work with either wpasvc.exe or wpa_supplicant.exe since
> > this part of the configuration is not updated on reconfig command. If
> > you want to dynamically add or remove interfaces, you can use the global
> > control interface and INTERFACE_ADD/REMOVE commands.
> >
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