Advice on hostap with Red Hat 9 and/or Fedora Core 1?
proski at gnu.org
Thu Nov 6 11:46:26 EST 2003
On Thu, 6 Nov 2003, Mark G. Spencer wrote:
> I would like to try using hostap however. I installed a hostap rpm on
> my Mandrake 9.2 laptop, and as far as I could tell, it didn't *do*
> anything and the hostap instructions didn't make sense as I was using an
Make sure you can load the module by "modprobe hostap_cs". If you cannot,
you need to recompile hostap.
You need to put hostap.conf to /etc/pcmcia/ and make sure you don't have
other /etc/pcmcia/*.conf files that bind your card to orinoco_cs. Then
restart cardmgr or just reboot. "cardctl ident" prints information
for your card. More information about this should be in PCMCIA HOWTO.
> So anyway .. I'm building a new laptop using either Red Hat 9 or Fedora
> Core 1. Are there any special things I need to be aware of trying to
> get hostap running for a Prism/2 card on either of these?
Red Hat 9 comes with unconfigured kernel, so you should copy corresponding
config* file from /boot to /usr/src/linux/.config and run "make oldconfig"
in /usr/src/linux before compiling hostap. You need kernel-source
I was told the issue was worked around in Raw Hide, which packages
/lib/modules/*/build directories with some headers and .config file. So
maybe you won't need to configure the kernel with Fedora. Please post you
> Is there some kind of document that explains exactly what needs to be
> done to get hostap functional from a standard or full install of either
> RH or Fedora
Sorry, I'm not aware of such document.
> (basically, how do I kill the orinoco.cs driver that is running by
> default and replace it with hostap)?
See above. Normally installing hostap.conf should be enough.
> I'm hoping the included documentation is enough, but I ran into nothing
> but pain trying to get wlan-ng working on any of my laptops.
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