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WPA_SUPPLICANT(8)		   BSD System Manager's Manual			WPA_SUPPLICANT(8)

NAME
     wpa_supplicant -- WPA/802.11i Supplicant for wireless network devices

SYNOPSIS
     wpa_supplicant [-BdehLqvw] [-f debug-file] -i ifname -c config-file
		    [-N -i ifname -c config-file ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The wpa_supplicant utility is an implementation of the WPA Supplicant component, i.e., the
     part that runs in the client stations.  It implements WPA key negotiation with a WPA Authen-
     ticator and EAP authentication with an Authentication Server.  In addition, wpa_supplicant
     controls the roaming and IEEE 802.11 authentication/association support and can be used to
     configure static WEP keys based on identified networks.

     The wpa_supplicant utility is designed to be a ``daemon'' program that runs in the back-
     ground and acts as the backend component controlling the wireless connection.  It supports
     separate frontend programs such as the text-based wpa_cli(8) program.

     The following arguments must be specified on the command line:

     -i ifname
	     Use the specified wireless interface.

     -c config-file
	     Use the settings in the specified configuration file when managing the wireless
	     interface.  See wpa_supplicant.conf(5) for a description of the configuration file
	     syntax and contents.

	     Changes to the configuration file can be reloaded by sending a SIGHUP signal to the
	     wpa_supplicant process or with the wpa_cli(8) utility, using ``wpa_cli
	     reconfigure''.

OPTIONS
     The following options are available:

     -B      Detach from the controlling terminal and run as a daemon process in the background.

     -d      Enable debugging messages.  If this option is supplied twice, more verbose messages
	     are displayed.  Messages are sent to stdout by default, even when daemonised.  This
	     can be changed with the -f flag.

     -e      Use an external IEEE 802.1X Supplicant program and disable the internal Supplicant.
	     This option is not normally used.

     -f      Specifies a file to send debug messages to when enabled with the -d flag.

     -h      Show help text.

     -K      Include key information in debugging output.

     -L      Display the license for this program on the terminal and exit.

     -N -i ifname -c config-file ...
	     Specify an additional interface and configuration file.  If multiple interfaces are
	     specified then wpa_supplicant will manage them all with a single process.

     -q      Decrease debugging verbosity (i.e., counteract the use of the -d flag).

     -v      Display version information on the terminal and exit.

     -w      If the specified interface is not present, wait for it to be added; e.g. a cardbus
	     device to be inserted.

SEE ALSO
     ath(4), ipw(4), iwi(4), ral(4), wi(4), wpa_supplicant.conf(5), ifconfig(8), wpa_cli(8)

HISTORY
     The wpa_supplicant utility first appeared in NetBSD 4.0.

AUTHORS
     The wpa_supplicant utility was written by Jouni Malinen <jkmaline@cc.hut.fi>.  This manual
     page is derived from the README file included in the wpa_supplicant distribution.

BSD					 January 22, 2010				      BSD
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