Wicd

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Wicd (Wireless interface connection daemon) is a network management software for managing Wifi and Ethernet network connections.

Installation

Install net-misc/wicd:

Clients flags → Information about USE flags
USE flag Default Recommended Description
gtk Yes Installs a gtk UI. This is enabled by default because it is intended behavior. Requires dev-python/pygtk
ncurses Yes Installs a ncurses UI


Misc flags → Information about USE flags
USE flag Default Recommended Description
X Yes Adds support for X11
libnotify Yes Enable desktop notification support
nls Yes Adds Native Language Support (using gettext - GNU locale utilities)
pm-utils Yes Installs the pm-utils hooks for suspend/resume and requires sys-power/pm-utils
ambiance No Install icons from Ubuntu's ambiance theme
ioctl No No Installs additional python libraries to use as a backend. This will improve speed but is experimental.
mac4lin No Change default icons to mac4lin icon set
root # emerge --ask wicd

Related software

Configuration

After installing add wicd to the default runlevel:

root # rc-update add wicd default

Be sure to remove any references to net.eth*. For net.eth0:

root # rc-update del net.eth0

Add the initscripts which were removed to the /etc/rc.conf file, on the RC_PLUG_SERVICES line, by prepending exclamation points to them. For net.eth0:

File/etc/rc.conf

rc_hotplug="!net.eth0"

Troubleshooting

Wicd service/client does not start with "Could not connect to wicd's D-Bus interface" on Xfce

After upgrading wicd, using Xfce and ConsoleKit, you may see this error persist even after restarting the dbus service. Try clearing your Xfce session by unchecking "Save session for future logins" and re-login. There may be a simpler workaround than this.

Wicd is not able to scan for Wireless Networks while using the new nl80211 Interface

As stated here there is a known bug in Wicd that prevents Wicd using the new nl80211 kernel interface Scanning for Wireless Networks, even if you change the Wicd config to use the new interface. There is currently no working workaround for this.