wifi-radar.conf man page

wifi-radar.conf — configuration file for WiFi Radar

Description

wifi-radar.conf is the configuration file for WiFi Radar (wifi-radar(1)) a PyGTK2 utility for managing WiFi profiles in GNU/Linux.

The file is an ini-type format with three global sections: [Default], [DHCP], and [Wpa]. These are followed by zero or more profile sections.

The settings contained in the configuration file can all be edited from within WiFi Radar, either through the Preferences button or the Edit button. But you are free to edit the configuration file manually if you like.

Interpolated Strings

It is possible to use configuration options in the value of other options. To use interpolated strings, surround any option from the configuration file with %( and )s. So, to use the interface option from the [Default] section in the value of any other option, use %(interface)s in the option's value.

Global Settings

[Default]

General options.

auto_profile_order

Comma-separated list of profiles, surrounded by square brackets, specifying the order of profiles in the main window. An example value: ['test:00:00:00:00:00:00', 'WinterPalace:']

(default: [])

commit_required

Set to True if iwconfig(8) commit should be used after each iwconfig command.

(default: False)

ifconfig_command

Specify the path to ifconfig(8), the command to use when manipulating the IP settings of the NIC.

(default: /sbin/ifconfig)

ifup_required

Set to True if the NIC must be activated (i.e. ifconfig wlan0 up) before scanning will work.

(default: False)

interface

Specifies the interface to scan. Set to the name of your NIC (e.g. eth1 or wlan0). The special value 'auto_detect' will use the first-found WiFi interface.

(default: auto_detect)

iwconfig_command

Specify the path to iwconfig(8), the command to use when trying to associate with a network.

(default: /sbin/iwconfig)

iwlist_command

Specify the path to iwlist(8), the command to use for scanning for access points.

(default: /sbin/iwlist)

logfile

Sets the location of the log file.

(default: /var/log/wifi-radar.log)

loglevel

This sets the verbosity of messages sent to the logfile. The number given here is a threshold value, only those messages emitted by WiFi Radar which exceed loglevel will be written to the logfile. The maximum (and default) value of 50 means to only save the most critical messages and a loglevel of 0 means to save all messages to the logfile.

(default: 50)

route_command

Specify the path to route(8), the command to use to set up network routing if DHCP is not used.

(default: /sbin/route)

speak_command

Specify the path to the command to use to speak status messages. This can be any program which takes a string on the command line.

(default: /usr/bin/say)

speak_up

Set to True to use the speak command.

(default: False)

version
The version of WiFi Radar which created this configuration file. This value is overwritten by WiFi Radar each time the configuration file is saved.

[DHCP]

Options for the DHCP client used by WiFi Radar.

args

The parameters to pass to the DHCP client when acquiring a lease (i.e. setting up a connection).

(default: -D -o -i dhcp_client -t %(timeout)s)

command

The command to use to automatically set up the IP networking. This can be any DHCP client, like dhcpcd(8) or dhclient(8), which forks into the background or exits when it acquires an IP address or fails.

(default: /sbin/dhcpcd)

kill_args

The parameters to pass to the DHCP client when disconnecting from a network.

(default: -k)

pidfile

Specify where the DHCP client saves its state info. This file is used if the standard DHCP disconnect does not work and WiFi Radar must kill the client on its own.

(default: /etc/dhcpc/dhcpcd-%(interface)s.pid)

timeout

The time (in seconds) to allow the DHCP client to try to acquire a lease. If the DHCP client does not stop itself after this length of time plus five seconds, WiFi Radar will force the client to end.

(default: 30)

[Wpa]

Options for the WPA supplicant used by WiFi Radar.

args

The parameters to pass to the WPA supplicant when associating with the network.

(default: -B -i %(interface)s -c %(configuration)s -D %(driver)s -P %(pidfile)s)

command

Specify the command to use as the WPA supplicant.

(default: /usr/sbin/wpa_supplicant)

configuration

The WPA supplicant's configuration file.

(default: /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf)

driver

The WPA supplicant driver to use.

(default: wext)

kill_command

The command to use to end the WPA supplicant.

The default is an empty value.

pidfile

Specify where the WPA supplicant saves its state info.

(default: /var/run/wpa_supplicant.pid)

Per-profile Settings

Each profile header consists of the network name (a.k.a. ESSID), followed by a colon, and optionally followed by the network address (a.k.a. BSSID). The BSSID may be blank if the profile is a roaming profile. So a sample roaming profile section name could look like [WinterPalace:].

available

Used internally by WiFi Radar to indicate whether an access point is currently detected, it should always be False in the configuration file.

(default: False)

bssid

A copy of the BSSID in the section name, it is used to calculate the section name. The BSSID is the network address, it usually matches the AP address. It may be blank in a roaming profile.

(default: 00:00:00:00:00:00)

channel

The channel to use to connect with the network.

(default: auto)

con_postscript

The command to run after connecting to the network.

The default is an empty value.

con_prescript

The command to run before connecting to the network.

The default is an empty value.

dis_postscript

The command to run after disconnecting from the network.

The default is an empty value.

dis_prescript

The command to run before disconnecting from the network.

The default is an empty value.

dns1

The primary DNS server. Part of the static configuration to use when not using DHCP.

The default is an empty value.

dns2

The secondary DNS server. Part of the static configuration to use when not using DHCP.

The default is an empty value.

domain

The domain (e.g. winterpalace.org) of the network. Part of the static configuration to use when not using DHCP.

The default is an empty value.

encrypted

Whether the network is encrypted. The value for this option is determined by scanning and will be overwritten if changed manually in the configuration file.

(default: False)

essid

The network name. This is a copy of the ESSID in the section name and is used to calculate the section name.

The default is an empty value.

gateway

The IP address of the gateway to other networks. Part of the static configuration to use when not using DHCP.

The default is an empty value.

ip

The fixed IP address to use on this network. Part of the static configuration to use when not using DHCP.

The default is an empty value.

key

The WEP encryption key. This is not used with WPA.

The default is an empty value.

known

This is used internally by WiFi Radar to indicate whether an access point has a configured profile, it should always be True in the configuration file.

(default: True)

mode

This is the association mode to use. This is not the same as the mode reported by the AP. In fact, this should be a reflection of the AP mode (i.e. Master mode AP should be Managed mode here).

(default: auto)

netmask

The netmask (e.g. 192.168.1.0/255) to use. Part of the static configuration to use when not using DHCP.

The default is an empty value.

protocol

The WiFi protocol used by the access point (AP). This is only used as a place to store the protocol read from the AP. This will be overwritten the next time the AP is scanned.

(default: g)

roaming

Set to True if this is a roaming profile.

(default: False)

security

This should/will be the security mode (i.e. open or restricted), but as it currently causes crashes, it is not used.

The default is an empty value.

signal

The signal level read from the access point (AP). This is used internally by WiFi Radar, the value will be overwritten each time the configuration file is saved.

(default: 0)

use_dhcp

When set to True, WiFi Radar will ask the DHCP client to configure the IP settings.

(default: True)

use_wpa

When set to True, WiFi Radar will ask the WPA supplicant to handle associating with the access point.

(default: False)

wpa_driver

The card driver the WPA supplicant should use.

The default is an empty value.

Example

[DEFAULT]
auto_profile_order = ['test:00:00:00:00:00:00', 'WinterPalace:']
commit_required = False
ifconfig_command = /sbin/ifconfig
ifup_required = True
interface = auto_detect
iwconfig_command = /sbin/iwconfig
iwlist_command = /sbin/iwlist
logfile = /var/log/wifi-radar.log
loglevel = 50
route_command = /sbin/route
speak_command = /usr/bin/say
speak_up = False
version = 2.0.s02

[DHCP]
args = -D -o -i dhcp_client -t %(timeout)s
command = /sbin/dhcpcd
kill_args = -k
pidfile = /etc/dhcpc/dhcpcd-%(interface)s.pid
timeout = 30

[WPA]
args = -B -i %(interface)s -c %(configuration)s -D %(driver)s -P %(pidfile)s
command = /usr/sbin/wpa_supplicant
configuration = /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf
driver = wext
kill_command =
pidfile = /var/run/wpa_supplicant.pid

[test:00:00:00:00:00:00]
available = False
bssid = 00:00:00:00:00:00
channel = auto
con_postscript =
con_prescript =
dis_postscript =
dis_prescript =
dns1 =
dns2 =
domain =
encrypted = False
essid = test
gateway =
ip =
key =
known = True
mode = auto
netmask =
protocol = g
roaming = False
security =
signal = 0
use_dhcp = True
use_wpa = False
wpa_driver =

[WinterPalace:]
available = False
bssid =
channel = auto
con_postscript =
con_prescript =
dis_postscript =
dis_prescript =
dns1 =
dns2 =
domain =
encrypted = True
essid = WinterPalace
gateway =
ip =
key = 123456789ABCDEF
known = True
mode = auto
netmask =
protocol = g
roaming = True
security =
signal = 0
use_dhcp = True
use_wpa = False
wpa_driver =

Files

/etc/wifi-radar/wifi-radar.conf

Bugs

Probably lots!

See Also

wifi-radar(1) wpa_supplicant.conf(5)

Referenced By

wifi-radar(1).

July 2009 WiFi Radar 2.0