[PC-BSD Testing] DHCP, wireless, and documentation - Fri Aug 7 snapshot

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Sun Sep 9 08:58:07 PDT 2007

Dell Inspiron 9300 all defaults taken at install:

bfe0: <Broadcom BCM4401-B0 Fast Ethernet> mem 0xdfcfe000-0xdfcfffff irq 18 at device 0.0 on pci3

Hardwired to a D-Link wireless router. The DHCP client would not update /etc/resolv.conf with name servers (file was empty). Restarting the network using KDE Network Manager in the task bar placed the name servers in /etc/resolv.conf for a few minutes, but the default gateway was removed from the interface. 

iwi0: <Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG> mem 0xdfcfd000-0xdfcfdfff irq 17 at device 3.0 on pci3

ps auxww|grep wpa returns:
root         397  0.0  0.3  2876  1676  ??  Ss    9:39AM   0:00.23 /usr/sbin/wpa_supplicant -B -q -i iwi0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -D bsd -P /var/run/wpa_supplicant/iwi0.pid

There is no /var/run/wpa_supplicant/ directory on the system.

I realize you cannot change the KDE Network Manager so please note in your upcoming 1.4 Quick Guide that if the Wireless AP is not broadcasting it's ssid that scan_ssid=1 must be added to the networking section in /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf. 

In Chapter 4.1 of the current Quick Guide under installing software through ports the menu path has changed in 1.4 to update ports (as has the graphic since 1.4 has a Misc tab). Please make a note for when you are updating the Quick Guide ;-)

I'll let you know what else I find.

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