Re: [dev] Fwd: OT:GUI wireless connections management?

From: Will Light <>
Date: Sat, 29 May 2010 22:14:45 -0700

arch linux has netcfg, which I use. it, like wicd, can be a little
warty, but the whole thing is written in bash and doesn't require a
UI. adding network profiles is done through editing conf files in


On Sat, May 29, 2010 at 9:57 PM, bjartur <> wrote:
>>Hi, all.I wanted to ask for an advice.
>>Being a laptop user, I have to swtich between wireless networks quite
>>frequently, and often I have to connect to the new networks. So, I am
>>in need of a tool that would allow me to automatize the whole routine:
>>provide me with a list of networks, allow me to select the one to connect,
>>find out the type of encryption and actually connect to it (prompting
>>me for the encryption key, if needed) - since I don't think that I'll
>>be able to memorize all the wpa_supplicant options to use it fluently
>>(i.e. without having to read the manpage each time I want to connect to
>>a new network).
> Personally I script ifconfig, iw and dhclient to connect to my network
> of choice but that's not really scalable. iw has a scan subcommand which
> lists the type of encryption as well as the SSID and connection strength
> but it's quite verbose (by default at least). This isn't perfect so I'm
> open to suggestions as well.
>>The current options that I am aware of:
>>1. Networkmanager - ties a lot of dependencies and is not quite stable
> Agreed. What exactly is Red Hat trying to achieve?
>>2. wicd - has a ncurses flavour, I'll probably give it a try.
> Seemed lightweight so I started merging it but stopped it after it compiled
> Python and was installing DBus. Does it even have a CLI?
>>3. connman (that thing that is used in Moblin/Meego) - quite young and I haven't heard much of it, and whether it could be used outside of its original environment. Although I believe I have read somewhere that E17 people were trying to make a EFL GUi to it, so probably it's rather flexible.
> Sounds good.
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