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

From: Marcel Holtmann
Date: Tue May 20 2008 - 13:29:08 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/.

Please fix HAL first before submitting such a patch.

I have filed a patch to fix HAL to use the canonical SIOCGIWNAME at Any further
objections to this patch?

patch looks good to me.



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