RE: [PATCH] Revert "cfg80211: make WEXT compatibility unselectable"
From: Grumbach, Emmanuel
Date: Wed Dec 31 2014 - 06:11:05 EST
> On 12/30/14 23:52, Jiri Kosina wrote:
> > This reverts commit 24a0aa212ee2dbe44360288684478d76a8e20a0a.
> > It's causing severe userspace breakage. Namely, all the utilities from
> > wireless-utils which are relying on CONFIG_WEXT (which means tools
> > like 'iwconfig', 'iwlist', etc) are not working anymore. There is a
> > 'iw' utility in newer wireless-tools, which is supposed to be a
> > replacement for all the "deprecated" binaries, but it's far away from
> > being massively adopted.
> > Please see  for example of the userspace breakage this is causing.
> > In addition to that, Larry Finger reports  that this patch is also
> > causing ipw2200 driver being impossible to build.
> > To me this clearly shows that CONFIG_WEXT is far, far away from being
> > "deprecated enough" to be removed.
> Hi Jiri,
> You mentioned in the discussion and I quote: "*If* wireless maintainers think
> otherwise, I'll send a revert request to Linus for consideration.". However,
> you did not wait for any response from the wireless maintainers nor from the
> author of the patch you are reverting.
> Seems like an overreaction to me though personally I do not disgree with the
> revert itself.
Not to mention the patch has already been applied on Linus's tree...
> >  http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1857010
> >  http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.network/343688
> > Signed-off-by: Jiri Kosina<jkosina@xxxxxxx>
> > ---
> > net/wireless/Kconfig | 2 +-
> > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> > diff --git a/net/wireless/Kconfig b/net/wireless/Kconfig index
> > 22ba971..29c8675 100644
> > --- a/net/wireless/Kconfig
> > +++ b/net/wireless/Kconfig
> > @@ -175,7 +175,7 @@ config CFG80211_INTERNAL_REGDB
> > Most distributions have a CRDA package. So if unsure, say N.
> > config CFG80211_WEXT
> > - bool
> > + bool "cfg80211 wireless extensions compatibility"
> > depends on CFG80211
> > select WEXT_CORE
> > help
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