[arch-dev-public] [arch-general] Wireless userspace tools

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 14:59:21 EDT 2008

Very interesting, in case you guys don't read arch-general:

On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 12:06 PM, Sujith <m.sujith at gmail.com> wrote:
> The new tool to interface with mac80211 based wireless drivers is 'iw' [1].
> It was started because WEXT (Wireless Extionsions) will be deprecated [2] and 'iw'
> will be the single tool to configure/manage wireless devices in linux.
> Currently, I see a PKGBUILD in AUR that is outdated and pointing to the wrong source
> as well. Though it is currently under heavy development [3] and doesn't implement all the
> commands that iwconfig supports, iw is where future development will be focused on.
> I think iw should be part of the core wireless tools in arch.
> Also, the new regulatory framework for wireless devices is CRDA, initial patches have
> already been merged into wireless-testing and the only way to choose a regulatory domain
> from userspace is using 'iw'. Which reminds me, CRDA has to be packaged too. Briefly,
> CRDA is a userspace database of regulatory domains and is invoked by the kernel as and when
> needed using udev. Development of CRDA happens on wireless.kernel.org. [4]
> Just wanted to update the arch developers with all the new wireless stuff that's happening.
> [1] : http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Documentation/iw
> [2] : http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/Documentation/Wireless-Extensions
> [3] : http://git.sipsolutions.net/?p=iw.git
> [4] : http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/Regulatory/CRDA
> Sujith
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