Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 65205
RFE: pcmcia-cs-source RPM
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:42:40 EDT
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Description of problem:
I've just gone through the somewhat painful process of creating a Red
Hat-compatible SPEC file for the "linux-wlan-ng" package. (See
http://www.linux-wlan.org.) These drivers are a bit of a pain to use,
because they don't support the standard wireless extensions, so they
can't be configured with iwconfig. However, they do seem to be the
most functional drivers available for 802.11b cards based in Intersil
PRISM chips (which seems to be most of them).
Building the drivers requires access to both a configured kernel
source tree and a configured pcmcia-cs source tree. I thought of
building them as a subpackage of kernel-pcmcia-cs, but that doesn't
really make sense, as the package also includes drivers for PCI and
USB adapters. I also wanted the RPM version to accurately reflect the
I finally ended up modifying the kernel-pcmcia-cs SPEC file to build a
pcmcia-cs-source package, with the configured source in /usr/src. It
strikes me that this might be useful for just about anyone building or
packaging a PCMCIA card driver.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Created attachment 57985 [details]
SPEC file modified to build pcmcia-cs-source RPM
Created attachment 57986 [details]
SPEC file for linux-wlan-ng drivers; feel free to use it
The thing is, pcmcia-cs should die; the only thing we use
from it is cardmgr and the config files, none of the kernel
side. If wvlan-ng uses that, it'll not be supported at all...
Well I'd be interested in seeing prism2 continued, the drivers supplied in RH8
don't work at all with my PCMCIA card, whereas installing a year-old prism2
driver, and the wlan stuff worked immediately! Unfortunately I can't find any
source for the driver to work with an smp machine, as no prebuilt RPMs exist,
and the original author appears to be incommunicado...
At this point, I don't think we'll do this.