I want to create a wireless AP while keeping my wifi connection on (and probably share my wifi connection with the AP). I can do it in windows machines with wlan hostednetwork or in windows 10 with built in wifi hotspot. My wireless card definitely support virtual miniport. So is there any way to do this on linux?

I've seen some questions and comments on this but either they doesn't answer it or not relevant anymore in kernel 5.

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    Do you have a wired internet (to test that your access point works)?
    – basin
    Nov 1, 2020 at 6:27
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    The capability of the hardware+firmware+driver is exposed in the output of iw list after the displayed line valid interface combinations:. Is there at least one line having both the words managed and AP in it? This will tell if you actually can at all and that you're not wasting time, but of course doesn't answer the question.
    – A.B
    Nov 1, 2020 at 11:03
  • @A.B yes the line is valid interface combinations: * #{ managed } <= 1, #{ AP, P2P-client, P2P-GO } <= 1, #{ P2P-device }
    – ratcher86
    Nov 2, 2020 at 8:12

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It's not a complete answer. I came across the package https://github.com/lakinduakash/linux-wifi-hotspot, and it did everything magically. Also how actually this is accomplished can be found here. Got there thanks to @A.B.

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