Schafer Frank Frank.Schafer at
Wed Jan 5 06:16:12 PST 2005


I've didn't get the README in hostap and hostapd right. The device (in
fact) doesn't come up with the module but the module is loaded (for an
autoloading kernel) if the device (via iwconfig) is coming up. I know,
WiFi is'nt an issue in LFS. I've choosen LFS because I wanted a REALLY
minimal system running from an USB disk on a Via mini board. Normally
I'm running Gentoo.

Maybe I'll make a BLFS chapter for WiFi from my exeriences.

BTW: There is an important chapter missing in [B]LFS - printservers. 


-----Original Message-----
From: lfs-support-bounces at
[mailto:lfs-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of Alexander
E. Patrakov
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 2:24 PM
To: lfs-support at
Subject: Re: hostap

Schafer Frank wrote:

> Hi,
> I've plugged a Prism2.5 WiFi PCI card on a system meant to act as an
> The card works fine with the Orinoco driver in managed mode.
> Yesterday I built the hostap driver. The card gets active when I 
> modprobe the driver
> # modprobe hostap_pci
> # lsmod
> hostap_pci 1 hostap
> hostap     0
> #
> ... and due to the controls of the card it's working.
> The whorse side: no wlan# device is coming up. Could this be an udev 
> issue?

No. There should be no /dev/wlan* in any case (this was a FAQ in the

But, unfortunately, wireless cards are not supported by LFS at all, so
you should install wireless-tools yourself without any hint, and modify
the network bootscripts (or write your own replaceent) to call iwconfig
for you with the relevant parameters (read the manual page).

Alexander E. Patrakov
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