Re: [RFC] make wext wireless bits optional and deprecate them

From: Marcel Holtmann
Date: Sat May 17 2008 - 10:37:29 EST

Hi Johannes,

The /sys/class/net/*/wireless/ direcory is, as far as I know, not
used by anyone. Additionally, the same data is available via wext
ioctls. Hence the sysfs files are pretty much useless. This patch
makes them optional and schedules them for removal.

it is used by HAL to classify WiFi network cards as net.80211 instead
of net.80203 and so we do have an actual user. However HAL only tests
for the existence of the directory wireless/.

Oh, ok, I didn't know that, thanks.

Please fix HAL first before submitting such a patch.

Sure, I'll take a look at that.

saw your patch. Looks good to me. However what do we do with the non- mac80211 drivers that are using WEXT directly. These should be detected as net.80211, too.



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