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I'm on TC11 64-bit, playing around with my hardware and trying to figure out how to use my wireless interface in STA (client) and AP (host) modes simultaneously, which the hardware supports. I found a nice step-by-step guide here: http://arnaudr.io/2015/12/05/setting-up-a-wi-fi-software-access-point/

But never mind the particularities. The problem is that  hostapd  refuses to talk to me: It fails silently, with no terminal output whatsoever.

It doesn't matter if I edit /usr/local/etc/hostapd.conf then start  hostapd  like this:

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$ sudo /usr/local/etc/init.d/hostapd start
Or create /home/bruno/hostapd.conf and start  hostapd  like this:

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$ sudo hostapd -dd /home/bruno/hostapd.confEither way, it's a silent failure with no output from hostapd whatsoever.

Can anyone image a reason why even with verbose output (-d or -dd) there is absolutely no terminal output from hostapd? I don't need help with the specifics of my project, I just need to figure out a way to make  hostapd  talk to me (make its error messages visible)!
« Last Edit: July 03, 2020, 05:39:43 AM by Rich »

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Re: hostapd fails silently (no error messages whatsoever)
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2020, 05:46:49 PM »
hostapd outputs messages to the terminal just fine in TC10 32bit, TC11 32bit, and other GNU/Linux distros. The problem seems specific to TC10 64bit and TC11 64bit.

I will try recompiling hostapd for TC10/TC11 64bit. If it works as expected, I'll submit updated extensions.

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Re: hostapd fails silently (no error messages whatsoever)
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2020, 07:37:57 PM »
Recompiling fixed the problem. I submitted an updated extension for TC11 64bit.

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Re: hostapd fails silently (no error messages whatsoever)
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2020, 11:27:16 PM »
In such situations, strace or gdb may offer some info.
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Re: hostapd fails silently (no error messages whatsoever)
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2020, 05:12:01 AM »
Thank you, curaga. In this case, it was easier to just recompile. Everything works perfectly now.
juanito, kindly post the updated extension at your convenience.

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Re: hostapd fails silently (no error messages whatsoever)
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2020, 05:40:38 AM »
Hi GNUser
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Done. :)