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Hi roboberry,

When I disable hostapd and dnsmasq, I get these responses respectively:

hostapd.service is not a native service, redirecting to systemd-sysv-install.
Executing: /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install disable hostapd

Synchronizing state of dnsmasq.service with SysV service script with /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install.
Executing: /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install disable dnsmasq

When I enable autohotspot, I get this response:

Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ → /etc/systemd/system/autohotspot.service.

I run this Pi headless, so the only way I connect to it is through SSH or a remote desktop. I redid a clean install from the Stretch image and followed your instructions again. I did not install xdrp or vnc4server on this try to see if they might be the culprit. Since it's headless, I don't know what it's trying to do when I allow it on the network or turn off my network. My network shows it to be on it, but I can't SSH into it. Pings are successful though. When I have my network off, I can't find the hotspot with WiFi devices.

At each step that requires copy/paste of your programs, I clicked the link to the program page and do a Ctrl+A and pasted directly into the file over SSH using a right click on my mouse (I use PuTTY for SSH).

Being that you said the systemctl should come back with "Synchronizing state for hostapd.service..." and I have the message "redirecting to systemd-sysv-install..." due to hostapd not being a native service, do you think my issue is with hostapd?