Bug 190997 - Review Request: linux-wlan-ng
Review Request: linux-wlan-ng
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: Package Review (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2006-05-07 21:13 EDT by W. Michael Petullo
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-05-27 13:40:59 EDT
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adjust kmod-package to kmod standard (4.46 KB, patch)
2006-05-14 13:01 EDT, Thorsten Leemhuis
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Description W. Michael Petullo 2006-05-07 21:13:29 EDT
Spec URL: http://www.flyn.org/SRPMS/linux-wlan-ng.spec
SRPM URL: http://www.flyn.org/SRPMS/linux-wlan-ng-0.2.3-1.src.rpm
The linux-wlan package is a linux device driver and subsystem package that is intended to provide the full range of IEEE 802.11 MAC management capabilities for use in user-mode utilities and scripts.  The package currently supports the Intersil 802.11b Prism2, Prism2.5, and Prism3 reference designs for PCMCIA, PCI, and USB.  Additionally, the package includes support for PLX9052 based PCI to PCMCIA adapter with a few different PCMCIA cards.
Comment 1 Jason Tibbitts 2006-05-07 21:28:49 EDT
This doesn't seem to follow the current kernel module system documented in
Any particular reason why not?  I think there will be a large number of blockers
Comment 2 W. Michael Petullo 2006-05-10 21:00:02 EDT
Spec URL: http://www.flyn.org/SRPMS/linux-wlan-ng.spec
SRPM URL: http://www.flyn.org/SRPMS/linux-wlan-ng-kmod-0.2.3-2..src.rpm

Spec URL: http://www.flyn.org/SRPMS/linux-wlan-ng-tools.spec
SRPM URL: http://www.flyn.org/SRPMS/linux-wlan-ng-tools-0.2.3-2.src.rpm

These packages start to use the system mentioned in Comment #1.

However, I am not clear on some of the documentation.  The kmod .spec file
contains, at a minimum, the following issues:

1.  Several macros are hardcoded because I have not yet figured out kmodtool.

2.  The install process is convoluted because linux-wlan-ng's install process is
not very flexible.

Both of these issues are labeled with FIXME in the .spec file.  I plan to
continue work on these issues.
Comment 3 Rob Garth 2006-05-13 09:28:12 EDT
When trying to build the kernel module package I receive the following error

sh: line 0: fg: no job control
sh: line 0: fg: no job control
error: Architecture is not included: i386
Comment 4 Gianluca Sforna 2006-05-13 09:31:14 EDT
try with:

rpmbuild -ba linux-wlan-ng.spec --target=i686

Comment 5 Rob Garth 2006-05-14 05:10:41 EDT
Comment 6 Rob Garth 2006-05-14 08:21:58 EDT
The spec file for the kmod is harcoded to an old kernel version. Needs to be
Comment 7 Thorsten Leemhuis 2006-05-14 13:01:07 EDT
Created attachment 129010 [details]
adjust kmod-package to kmod standard

(In reply to comment #2)
> These packages start to use the system mentioned in Comment #1.

Attached patch (quick hack -- I left also a fixme for you) will bring it more
in line with the kmod-standard

> However, I am not clear on some of the documentation.

I'm working on it currently (and needed a package to look at it closer again --
that's why I created the patch)
Comment 8 W. Michael Petullo 2006-05-18 23:30:01 EDT
Where does one get the current kmodtool?
Comment 9 Ville Skyttä 2006-05-19 01:33:04 EDT
devel branch of thinkpad-kmod or lirc-kmod in CVS.
Comment 11 W. Michael Petullo 2006-09-20 19:10:29 EDT
New version:


Does the kmodtool tool now bring in a dependency on <modname>-common?  These
packages now require this.  Should I rename linux-wlan-ng-tools to
Comment 13 Warren Togami 2007-01-25 11:13:45 EST
Does linux-wlan-ng plan on ever including itself within the upstream kernel?

If not, then this does not satisy our requirements for kernel module inclusion.
Comment 14 Jason Tibbitts 2007-05-24 18:32:58 EDT
It's been four months since Warren added his question and in that time there's
been no response.  I think it's about time to close this ticket; I'll do so soon
if there's no further comment.
Comment 15 Richard Kennedy 2007-05-25 05:00:15 EDT
From the FAQ :-

>Q: When will linux-wlan-ng be merged into the mainline kernel?
>        Short answer:  Never.
>        First, the linux-netdev people will soundly reject this driver.  
>        I don't begrudge them for this; indeed in their position I'd do 
>        exactly the same.  It's a sound engineering decision.
>        linux-wlan-ng is obselete, and effort spent fixing it is better 
>        spent elsewhere.  You can't even buy the hardware any longer.
>        ...

It's never going to be easy to maintain this package, so I'd vote to close this one.

Comment 16 Jason Tibbitts 2007-05-27 14:08:49 EDT
Please remember to fix up the blockers when you close tickets like this.

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