FreeBSD / TinyBSD hostapd 0.4.8 core dump / Segmentation fault

Sam Leffler sam at
Fri Apr 28 00:31:14 EDT 2006

Jonas wrote:
> I'm trying to get hostapd 0.4.8 on TinyBSD with the goal of building a 
> WPA capable FreeBSD access point.  Here's how I went about it:
> Host:    FreeBSD 6.0-REL
> Target:    Soekris net-4801 / 512MB C-Flash
>     Atheros CM9 miniPCI
> TinyBSD works great, I even got Perl installed on it from ports, by 
> mounting the target CF at /mnt of host.
> However, installing hostapd 0.4.8 (after cvsup) using the same method, I 
> noticed that the target binaries were not being installed in the /mnt 
> mount partition of the target.  The command I used for installing the 
> hostapd 0.4.8 port was:
>  make install PREFIX=/mnt/usr/local FORCE_PKG_REGISTER=yes
> The make went ok, but the hostapd and hostapd_cli binaries were not 
> installed anywhere on /mnt, rather at /usr/local of the host.
> Hoping that the TinyBSD and host FreeBSD 6.0-REL environments were 
> similar enough I copied hostapd, hostapd_cli over to /mnt/usr/local and 
> proceeded to boot the CF.
> Nah - running hostapd with a sample madwifi.conf file started to core-dump.
> Though not familiar with gdb, I got the following output when I ran it 
> across the hostapd binary at /usr/local and core-dump:
> ----
> root at fbsd6# gdb /usr/local/bin/hostapd hostapd.core
> GNU gdb 6.1.1 [FreeBSD]
> /*... only some licensing gibberish..*/
> This GDB was configured as "i386-marcel-freebsd"...(no debugging symbols 
> found)...
> Core was generated by `hostapd'.
> Program terminated with signal 11, Segmentation fault.
> Reading symbols from /lib/ debugging symbols found)...done.
> Loaded symbols for /lib/
> Reading symbols from /libexec/ debugging symbols 
> found)...done.
> Loaded symbols for /libexec/
> #0  0x08049b34 in driver_lookup ()
> (gdb)
> ----
> The host FreeBSD 6.0 machine doesn't have an ath* interface.
> I guess it was wrong to copy the hostapd, hostapd_cli binaries over, but 
> how can I get the 0.4.8 port to install directly into the PREFIX /mnt 
> directory?  Am I doing anything else wrong?

I know nothing about TinyBSD. FreeBSD 6.0 should include hostapd and 
hostapd_cli.  Regardless 6.1 is nearly released; you're better off 
working with the release candidate.

BTW, not sure why you posted to hostap@; this seems like a freebsd or 
TinyBSD install issue.  Probably better posting to a freebsd mailing list.


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