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

From: Johannes Berg
Date: Sat May 17 2008 - 10:43:21 EST

On Sat, 2008-05-17 at 16:36 +0200, Marcel Holtmann wrote:
> 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.

Yes, this was just a bigfix while I was looking at the code, I'll look
into that too :)


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