[Pkg-utopia-maintainers] Bug#434527: NetworkManager won't associate when using madwifi

Tim Hull thully at umich.edu
Tue Jul 24 16:22:19 UTC 2007

Package: network-manager
Version: 0.6.4-8

When using a madwifi-based wireless card (with driver built from
madwifi-source 0.9.3-3 in sid), it is currently impossible to associate to
any access point using NetworkManager.  NetworkManager will see the access
points, but upon attempting to associate, the lights in nm-applet never turn
green and it eventually gives up.  The card works fine when configured
manually (without using NetworkManager). My system is an up-to-date Debian
sid/i386 installation using kernel 2.6.22-1 (from sid) and libc6 2.6-3.

This seems somewhat related to the wpa_supplicant settings used by
network-manager, as Ubuntu's network-manager has patches which specifically
use wpa_supplicant's "madwifi" driver as opposed to its "wext" driver.

In Ubuntu's case, NetworkManager works flawlessly on the same machine, and
installing the Ubuntu network-manager package makes it work on Debian
(though that setup has other difficulties due to the problems mixing
Debian/Ubuntu packages).

Could a fix such as the one used in Ubuntu's case be investigated? The patch
is part of the (big) network-manager patch on patches.ubuntu.com.  This
issue is somewhat of a show-stopper in my case...
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