hostapd Won't Launch

Mihai Moldovan ionic
Thu Jan 24 17:17:53 PST 2013

* On 24.01.2013 09:24 PM, Ayron Jungren wrote:
> I'm trying to run hostapd 2.0 on Gentoo Linux, and it's refusing to
> do anything at all. Running `hostapd -dd $config_file' returns
> immediately and doesn't print any output. In fact, `hostapd -dd
> /dev/null' does the same. [...] I have run `strace' on it, but all I
> see is it reading the configuration file then immediately closing the
> file handle and calling `exit(1)'. `hostapd -h' and `hostapd -v' both
> work fine. Has anyone encountered this as well [...]

Just tested it. Doesn't happen here... then again, what are your USE flags?
If you can, please post your config file.

> [...] and hostapd isn't backgrounding itself or anything.

That's normal. It won't background itself, unless you start it with -B. Could
you please be more clear, indicating what does happen and what not?

Best regards,


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