I configured my raspberrypi as a wifi repeater using hostapd and dnsmasq. I did not touch my /etc/network/interfaces, just added

interface wlan0
static ip_address=

to /etc/dhcpcd.conf and


to /etc/dnsmasq.conf

I think I configured hostapd right (added DAEMON_CONF="/etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf" to /etc/default/hostapd etc.) and it works.

But after a reboot my interface (managed by hostapd) is down. When I restart hostapd, everything works fine again, so I added

sleep 1 && service hostapd restart

to my /etc/rc.local as a workaround.

What could be the reason?

Is there a better way to fix it?

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    Starting an emulated service (service hostapd restart) in an emulated service (/etc/rc.local) is very confusing. I don't know what systemd really do with this double emulated things that does not exactly match old style SysV behavior: Compatibility with SysV. Maybe you can get it to run, good luck ;-). I prefer to use systemd directly. – Ingo Oct 13 '18 at 8:54
  • @Ingo I can change that, but what I'm wondering about is why I have to restart hostapd. – jake Oct 14 '18 at 12:49
  • Because you missed the entry nohook wpa_supplicant in hostapd.conf ;-) – Ingo Oct 14 '18 at 14:32

Compared to the official guidelines you are missing

a) an entry to the file /etc/default/hostapd:


b) an entry to the file dhcpcd.conf

nohook wpa_supplicant
  • I'm not missing that entry. Just forgot to mention it, sorry. hostapd works fine, but only after restarting the service and I wonder why. – jake Oct 14 '18 at 12:41
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    Ok. Second try. You are also missing the line nohook wpa_supplicant in dhcpcd.conf. – oh.dae.su Oct 14 '18 at 12:54
  • That will maybe solve it. I was anyhow wondering why there is a wpa_supplicant for wlan0 (which is the ap device). But when I kill this one I cannot connect anymore. But I'll try this. Thanks! – jake Oct 14 '18 at 13:14
  • It's working now. Thank you! If you add that to your answer, I will accept it. – jake Oct 14 '18 at 13:20

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