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Re: lightweight wifi UI (Was: Insidious systemd)




On Mon, 27 May 2019 09:29:46 +0200
Jonas Smedegaard <jonas@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Quoting Patrick Bartek (2019-05-27 03:49:06)
> > Needing to convert this box from wired ethernet to wireless, I 
> > searched for a suitable network manager and wicd looked good: No 
> > desktop environment dependencies (I use a window manager Openbox
> > and single lxpanel), compatibility with Openbox, etc.  
> 
> [ unneeded systemd details snipped ]
> 
> > After more investigating, I came across wifi-radar whose simulated 
> > install doesn't muck my system.  Any suggestions for something
> > better? I could just go with iwconfig or iw?  No big deal.  I've
> > done it before.  But being lazy, if I can find an app to do the
> > work, so much the better.  
> 
> Here are the options I know of which provides a UI with wifi strength 
> and being more lightweight than network-manager, listed in order of 
> personal preference for install on Buster (some, iwd in particular,
> is notably less mature on Stretch):
> 
> iwd is extremely lightweight console-only tool yet provides
> interactive probing of wifi strength.  It integrates fine with
> network-manager and systemd if a) explicitly telling those systems to
> use it and b) explicitly turned off wpasupplicant.
> 
> connman is in my experience more reliable than wicd but looks ugly.
> 
> wicd felt unreliable in my experience - but possibly I didn't give it 
> enough attention (see above about disabling wpasupplicant).
> 
> iw + wifi-radar if all else fails. :-)
> 
> 
>  - Jonas
> 
> 
> P.S. At first I skipped this excellent question due to it being 
> presented as a rant about systemd.  I dearly recommend to _avoid_
> mixing rants with questions, as you then are more likely to miss
> valuable input.
> 
On a headless system I want connection on preferred system, when not
available to another system.
I want this without GUI

I tried wicd and hate networkmanager.

Any hints on cli is welcome!