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


Install net-misc/wicd:

Clients flags
USE flag (what is that?) Default Recommended Description
gnome-shell No Install gnome-shell extension
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
USE flag (what is that?) Default Recommended Description
X Yes Add support for X11
ambiance No Install icons from Ubuntu's ambiance theme
doc No Add extra documentation (API, Javadoc, etc). It is recommended to enable per package instead of globally
libnotify Yes Enable desktop notification support
mac4lin No Change default icons to mac4lin icon set
nls Yes Add 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
root #emerge --ask wicd


Be sure to enable cfg80211 wireless configuration API support in your kernel:

[*] Networking support  --->
    -*-   Wireless  ---> 
        <*>   cfg80211 - wireless configuration API

Related software


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


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. Be sure to enable the cfg80211 - wireless configuration API in your kernel using the kernel option suggested above and select wext as the driver.