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       waproamd - Wireless Access Point Roaming Daemon for WLAN IEEE 802.11


       waproamd [options]


       waproamd  is  a  roaming  daemon for wireless NICs supporting the Linux
       wireless extensions. It is intended to configure the WEP keys according
       to the networks found.

       As  long  as  the  local  NIC is not associated to any wireless network
       waproamd scans iteratively for them. If one is detected,  a  script  in
       /etc/waproamd/scripts/  named after the MAC address of the access point
       is called. (First lowercase, than uppercase is  checked)  If  a  script
       like  this  is  not  found  a  script  named  essid:<ESSID> in the same
       directory is used. Special characters are escape in an  HTTP  URL  like
       fashion.  If this script is not existent, /etc/waproamd/scripts/default
       is called instead. The first argument to this script is "start". If the
       association  is  lost, the same script is run with the argument "stop".
       While the NIC is associated no scans are issued.

       waproamd is intended to be used  together  with  ifplugd.  Whenever  an
       association succeeds, ifplugd detects it and runs further configuration
       commands for it.

       If multiple WLANs are detected at the same time, the network  which  is
       detected  by  the hardware first is selected. However, networks where a
       matching script exists take precedence.

       waproamd requires  a  network  driver  supporting  the  Linux  wireless
       extensions  v15  or  newer.  The  driver  needs to support scanning for
       wireless networks, which may be tested by running "iwlist scan". If the
       driver  supports  the  wireless event subsystem, waproamd may use it to
       improve latency behaviour. It is not required, however.

       waproamd supports  the  host_roaming  ioctl()  defined  by  the  hostap


       -n | --no-daemon
              Do not daemonize (for debugging) (default: off)

       -s | --no-syslog
              Do  not use syslog, use stdout instead (for debugging) (default:

       -i | --iface=IFACE
              Specify the wireless network interface (default: wlan0)

       -w | --wait-on-fork
              When daemonizing, wait until  the  background  process  finished
              with the initial association detection.

       -W | --wait-on-kill
              When  killing  a  running daemon (with -k) wait until the daemon

       -M | --monitor
              Don’t fail when the network interface is not available,  instead
              use  NETLINK  to  monitor  device  avaibility. The is useful for
              PCMCIA devices and similar.

       -e | --no-event
              Don’t use the  wireless  event  API  (as  used  by  iwevent(8)),
              instead  poll  for association information. Some network drivers
              do not support this relatively new feature of the Linux wireless
              extension.  Sadly the support of this feature cannot be detected

       -t | --scan-interval=SECS
              Specify the time between scans for wireless networks.

       -p | --poll-intervall=SECS
              When using -e,  specify  the  time  between  association  status

       -h | --help
              Show help

       -k | --kill
              Kill  a running daemon (Specify -i to select the daemon instance
              to kill)

       -c | --check-running
              Check if a daemon is running for a given network interface. Sets
              the  return  value to 0 if a daemon is already running or to 255
              if not.

       -S | --supend
              Suspend a running daemon. The daemon will no  longer  check  the
              link  status  until  it  is  resumed  (-R) again. (Specify -i to
              select the daemon instance to suspend.)

       -R | --resume
              Resume a suspended daemon. (Specify  -i  to  select  the  daemon
              instance to resume.)

       -v | --version
              Show version

       -r | --issue-scan
              Tell  a  running  daemon  to  issue  an  immediate  scan for new

       -U | --no-userspace-roaming
              Don’t enable userspace roaming as supported by  certain  drivers
              (e.g.  hostap).  Normaly,  waproamd tries to enable this special
              feature,  doing  effectively   the   same   as   "iwpriv   wlan0
              host_roaming  2".  If the driver supports this private ioctl the
              robustness of waproamd’s operation is increased. However, it  is
              not  required  for successful use. See your driver documentation
              for mor information on this topic.


       /etc/waproamd/waproamd.conf: this file is sourced by  the  init  script
       /etc/init.d/waproamd and contains the interface to be monitored and the
       options to be used.

       /etc/waproamd/scripts/<AP MAC  address>:  this  is  called  whenever  a
       wireless  network  controlled  by  an  AP  with  a  matching address is
       detected. The file is  first  tried  with  the  MAC  address  formatted
       lowercase. If no script with that name exists waproamd looks for a file
       with  the  MAC  address  formatted  uppercase.  Only   scripts   marked
       executable  are  considered.  Networks  with non-executable scripts are
       always ignored. You may use this to "disable"  specific  networks  from
       being selected. Takes the same arguments as the following script:

       /etc/waproamd/scripts/essid:<ESSID>: This is called whenever a wireless
       AP is detected but no script named after the AP MAC exists (See above).
       If  the ESSID contains special chracters (ASCII code < 32, >= 127, ’/’,
       ’%’) they are replaced by a  character  %  and  the  hexadecimal  ASCII
       number  of  the character in uppercase. This is similar to the HTTP URL
       encoding. Only scripts marked executable are considered. Takes the same
       arguments as the following script:

       /etc/waproamd/scripts/default:  this is the script which is called when
       neither a script named after the AP MAC address,  nor  a  script  named
       after the ESSID is found. It takes a single argument: either "start" or
       "stop". An environment variable AP is set to the  MAC  address  of  the
       access point found. An environment variable IFACE is set to the network
       interface name. An environment variable ESSID contains the ESSID of the
       WLAN  network.  ESSID_ESCAPED  contains  the  ESSID  with  all  special
       chracters  escaped  the  same  way  as  described  above.  The  default
       implementation  of  this script looks for a file /etc/waproamd/keys/<AP
       MAC address>.wep (or named after the ESSID, following the  same  scheme
       as  the script selection described above). If it exists its contents is
       used to set the WEP key of the NIC. Otherwise the script  looks  for  a
       file  /etc/waproamd/keys/<AP MAC address>.aes. If it exists the AES WEP
       rekeying daemon aeswepd(8)  is  called.  Otherwise  WEP  encryption  is

       /var/run/waproamd.<iface>.pid: the pid file for waproamd.


       SIGINT,  SIGTERM, SIGQUIT waproamd will quit. This is issued by passing
       -k to waproamd.

       SIGHUP waproamd will rescan for available networks immediately.


       waproamd was written by Lennart Poettering  <mzjncebnzq  (at)  0pointer
       (dot)         de>.        waproamd        is        available        at


       ifplugd(8), aeswepd(8), iwconfig(8), iwlist(8)


       This man page was written using xmltoman(1) by Oliver Kurth.