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          wpa_cli - WPA command line client

          wpa_cli [ -p path to ctrl sockets ] [ -g path to global
          ctrl_interface socket ] [ -i ifname ] [ -hvB ] [ -a action
          file ] [ -P pid file ] [ -G ping interval ] [ command ... ]

          wpa_cli is a text-based frontend program for interacting
          with wpa_supplicant. It is used to query current status,
          change configuration, trigger events, and request
          interactive user input.

          wpa_cli can show the current authentication status, selected
          security mode, dot11 and dot1x MIBs, etc. In addition, it
          can configure some variables like EAPOL state machine
          parameters and trigger events like reassociation and IEEE
          802.1X logoff/logon. wpa_cli provides a user interface to
          request authentication information, like username and
          password, if these are not included in the configuration.
          This can be used to implement, e.g., one-time-passwords or
          generic token card authentication where the authentication
          is based on a challenge-response that uses an external
          device for generating the response.

          The control interface of wpa_supplicant can be configured to
          allow non-root user access (ctrl_interface GROUP= parameter
          in the configuration file). This makes it possible to run
          wpa_cli with a normal user account.

          wpa_cli supports two modes: interactive and command line.
          Both modes share the same command set and the main
          difference is in interactive mode providing access to
          unsolicited messages (event messages, username/password

          Interactive mode is started when wpa_cli is executed without
          including the command as a command line parameter. Commands
          are then entered on the wpa_cli prompt. In command line
          mode, the same commands are entered as command line
          arguments for wpa_cli.

          When wpa_supplicant need authentication parameters, like
          username and password, which are not present in the
          configuration file, it sends a request message to all
          attached frontend programs, e.g., wpa_cli in interactive

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          mode. wpa_cli shows these requests with "CTRL-REQ-<type>-
          <id>:<text>" prefix. <type> is IDENTITY, PASSWORD, or OTP
          (one-time-password). <id> is a unique identifier for the
          current network. <text> is description of the request. In
          case of OTP request, it includes the challenge from the
          authentication server.

          The reply to these requests can be given with identity,
          password, and otp commands. <id> needs to be copied from the
          matching request. password and otp commands can be used
          regardless of whether the request was for PASSWORD or OTP.
          The main difference between these two commands is that
          values given with password are remembered as long as
          wpa_supplicant is running whereas values given with otp are
          used only once and then forgotten, i.e., wpa_supplicant will
          ask frontend for a new value for every use.  This can be
          used to implement one-time-password lists and generic token
          card -based authentication.

          Example request for password and a matching reply:

               CTRL-REQ-PASSWORD-1:Password needed for SSID foobar
               > password 1 mysecretpassword

          Example request for generic token card challenge-response:

               CTRL-REQ-OTP-2:Challenge 1235663 needed for SSID foobar
               > otp 2 9876

          -p path
               Change the path where control sockets should be found.

          -g control socket path
               Connect to the global control socket at the indicated
               path rather than an interface-specific control socket.

          -i ifname
               Specify the interface that is being configured.  By
               default, choose the first interface found with a
               control socket in the socket path.

          -h   Help.  Show a usage message.

          -v   Show version information.

          -B   Run as a daemon in the background.

          -a file
               Run in daemon mode executing the action file based on

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               events from wpa_supplicant.  The specified file will be
               executed with the first argument set to interface name
               and second to "CONNECTED" or "DISCONNECTED" depending
               on the event.  This can be used to execute networking
               tools required to configure the interface.

               Additionally, three environmental variables are
               available to the file: WPA_CTRL_DIR, WPA_ID, and
               WPA_ID_STR. WPA_CTRL_DIR contains the absolute path to
               the ctrl_interface socket. WPA_ID contains the unique
               network_id identifier assigned to the active network,
               and WPA_ID_STR contains the content of the id_str

          -P file
               Set the location of the PID file.

          -G ping interval
               Set the interval (in seconds) at which wpa_cli pings
               the supplicant.

               Run a command.  The available commands are listed in
               the next section.

          The following commands are available:

               get current WPA/EAPOL/EAP status

          mib  get MIB variables (dot1x, dot11)

          help show this usage help

          interface [ifname]
               show interfaces/select interface

          level <debug level>
               change debug level

               show full wpa_cli license

               IEEE 802.1X EAPOL state machine logoff

               IEEE 802.1X EAPOL state machine logon

          set  set variables (shows list of variables when run without

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               show PMKSA cache

               force reassociation

               force wpa_supplicant to re-read its configuration file

          preauthenticate <BSSID>
               force preauthentication

          identity <network id> <identity>
               configure identity for an SSID

          password <network id> <password>
               configure password for an SSID

          pin <network id> <pin>
               configure pin for an SSID

          otp <network id> <password>
               configure one-time-password for an SSID

          bssid <network id> <BSSID>
               set preferred BSSID for an SSID

               list configured networks

               terminate wpa_supplicant

          quit exit wpa_cli


          wpa_supplicant is copyright (c) 2003-2019, Jouni Malinen
          <j@w1.fi> and contributors.  All Rights Reserved.

          This program is licensed under the BSD license (the one with
          advertisement clause removed).

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