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Old 11-02-2005, 05:24 AM   #1
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2.6.14, Madwifi & wpa_supplicant on Slack 10.2...


I read somewhere (I think Alien's slackware madwiki page) that current CVS versions of Madwifi and wpa_supplicant don't work together. Does anyone know if this is this still the case?

Try as I might, I can't get the thing to work with 2.6.14. I've tried old versions of both packages, but get weird messages (something about _FreeBSD_) when compiling Madwifi which I don't get if I compile it under kernel 2.6.11. The compile finishes, but 'iwconfig' shows that my AP isn't properly detected. This also happens with newer versions, except that I don't get the weird messages while compiling.

I'm wondering if anyone has found the correct version combination to get it all working under 2.6.14?

Note: I have had this hardware combination working for about a year - first under 2.6.7 for about 6 months and then under 2.6.11, so the error is (hopefully) not a configuration one.

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Tired & Frustrated Rob.
 
Old 11-02-2005, 06:35 AM   #2
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Hi Rob

I don't run a 2.6.14 kernel (yet), still 2.6.13 - I will wait for the Slackware kernel package to pop up. That said, the packages in my repository work together (madwifi and wpa_supplicant of 20051008 for sure) - if you install my madwifi-20050707 package, you'll have to re-compile the wpa_supplicant sources into a new binary package. Try compiling those on your 2.6.14 kernel and tell me if you have errors.

Be sure to upgrade to the wireless-tools 28.pre10 package that I have made: http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slac...ireless-tools/ if you run 2.6.13 kernels and up.

Cheers, Eric
 
Old 11-03-2005, 05:22 AM   #3
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Hi Eric,

Thanks for your reply.

I downloaded the source packages dated 20051008 for both Madwifi & wpa_supplicant from your site.

I got these errors while compiling Madwifi:
Code:
madwifi/net80211/ieee80211_var.h: warning: "__FreeBSD__" is not defined
madwifi/net80211/ieee80211_var.h: warning: "NBPFILTER" is not defined
But it works! I'm sending this message from 2.6.14.

Note: I haven't upgraded the wireless-tools package yet. I'm running the version which comes with Slack 10.2. Will there be any benefit in upgrading to wireless-tools-28pre10?

Thanks for your help - I owe you a beer!

Cheers,



Rob.
 
Old 11-03-2005, 05:54 AM   #4
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Just one little thing (isn't there always...) :

I'm getting this message in my 'dmesg' output:

Code:
ath0 (WE) : Driver using old /proc/net/wireless support, please fix driver!
Is this something I did wrong in the Madwifi compile?
 
Old 11-03-2005, 05:59 AM   #5
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Hi Rob,

Those compile warnings are nothing to be worried about.
Nice that you made it all work :-) Good for me to know that, If it works, there is also no need to upgrade your wireless-tools package.

The warning in dmesg:
Code:
ath0 (WE) : Driver using old /proc/net/wireless support, please fix driver!
is due to the fact that the 2.6.14 kernel has changed the interface to the Wireless drivers. I guess that this will eventually be frixed in the code, but this is nothing to worry about. Mainly, it is a message to the driver developers, not to you.

Cheers, Eric
 
  


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