Why even unconfigured SSIDs are remembered?

Asked by e633

Clicked the wrong SSID i wanted to connect to, didn't enter any password and simply canceled the dialog but later i found that same SSID in my SSID list, as if i've ever connected to it or configured it in some way. I find this behaviour highly undesirable as it clutters network-manager and also because it is basically useless. Unless i'm missing something!

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

You can remove wireless networks from Network Manager. They are not permanent

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Thomas Kr├╝ger (thkrueger) said :

Simple: At the moment the password is requested the Service Set (the first the characters of SSID) has to be configured already. The password is sent in part 3 of the 3 way handshake if requested only. But to start the process you need a connection profile for the SSID configured.
Or in other word: it needs the configuration profile long before you are asked for the password.

Deleting it in case of a wrong password entry would be dangerous. A temporary problem (like a password mismatch) must not do any permanent data change.
Imagine someone changing his companies password and when his laptop tries to connect the WiFi profile is deleted. Wouldn't be good.

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e633 (e633) said :

Ok got it but in my specific scenario (immediately clicking Cancel thus showing NO INTEREST in connecting to that SSID) i still think it makes no sense to remember the SSID. Anyway, thanks for your answers.

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