I've been reading your documentation - probably not very well since I was playing around with this last night until I couldn't keep my eyes open
But I think I was starting of too complicated - so now I am keeping it simple.
I'm not going to try to connect to my own network, which is encrypted, but am going to try to connect to a nearby network which is quite strong, not encrypted and never seems to get turned off. Thus I can save the complications of essid's and passwords.
In inet1.conf I have tried to let it default as much as possible thus I have the following entries:
n.b. none of these infos are copied and pasted since the infos are on a different machine, so if there are typos, they are probably just here and not in the original configuration.
The preceding ethernet clauses, etho-eth3, have all their values set to "".
I ran "ifconfig wlan0":
Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 4c:0f:6e:01:6a:75
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
In wireless.conf, I commented out the catch all clause at the beginning and then added a new clause immediately afterwards
INFO="Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter"
I have not changed anything else.
In rc.d I have hal, messagebus and wicd disabled, but wireless is executable.
At the end of the boot, I see the message:
/etc/rc.d/rc.M: wlan0 information: 'Atheros AR9825 Wireless Network Adapter'
Error for wireless request "Set Nickname (8B1C) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; Operation not supported
I have no wifi connection as far as I can see - the red signal light is off.
This is being run on an Acer Aspire One D255.
The network controller, from lspci, is an Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01).
In the /var/log files I see in the "messages" file with the id "logger"
/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1: /sbin/ifconfig lo 127.0.0.1
/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1: /sbin/route add -net 127.0.0.1 netmask 255.0.0.0 lo
/etc/rc.d/rc.M: /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed
/etc/rc.d/rc.M: /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 nick slackwear
/etc/rc.d/rc.M: /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 channel 7
/etc/rc.d/rc.M: /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 rate auto
/etc/rc.d/rc.M: /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 essid "any"
/etc/rc.d/rc.M: /sbin/iwconfig wlan0 esid "any"
otherwise I can't see anything remarkable in the log files - no relevant complaints, warnings etc.
I have a feeling I'm missing something very obvious here - e.g. where does wpa-supplicant enter the picture - in the wicd scenario it wasn't needed.