I learned today. I do not know how to connect to an open wifi network from the terminal. I was with some friends in a public place and I was gonna connect to their wifi, but I was at a standstill. I've only ever used wpa_supplicant and dhcpcd to connect to a wifi network manually, so I just..never had to learn any other method of doing it.

I know I really should figure it out at some point, but I'm kinda lazy and it's never come up before.

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    Are you not running a UI that has NetworkManager available?
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    @unsignedint I use i3-gaps (I fucking know, typical Arch user), and I just have the systemd service files for wpa_supplicant and dhcpcd starting on boot, so no, I do not.
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    @infernalempress time for a script then?
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    @beegC0de I guess. I have a bunch of random little scripts that I use to make my life easier (custom media key actions, kernel compilation, a script to start up my VPN, weather data, etc). One more wouldn't hurt.
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    I switch networks far too often to manage it all with services or scripts. I have like six public wifi networks, four wifi networks for friends' houses, my own network, my parents' and grandparents' networks, etc. The first time I tried connecting to xfinitywifi manually, I managed it once and then immediately installed network-manager-applet so I'd never have to deal with it again.
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