[PATCH] Re: Hostap and fedora
rick.lim at shaw.ca
Fri Apr 16 12:56:46 EDT 2004
Thank Pavel, I'll give it a try, much appreciated.
----- Original Message -----
From: Pavel Roskin <proski at gnu.org>
Date: Friday, April 16, 2004 9:36 am
Subject: [PATCH] Re: Hostap and fedora
> On Fri, 16 Apr 2004, Rick Lim wrote:
> > Hi there,
> > I am using Fedora core 1 and trying to compile the Hostap driver
> 0.2.0 and I
> > keep getting this error
> > driver/modules/hostap_compat.h:73: redefinition of `free_netdev'
> > /usr/src/linux-2.4/include/linux/netdevice.h:877: `free_netdev'
> previously> defined here
> It happens because Fedora uses 2.4.22 kernel with patches that add
> free_netdev(), which appeared in 2.4.23 kernel. This problem has been
> reported in many other drivers. The solution used by Orinoco
> driver is to
> use a macro instead of an inline function. Nobody has complained
> so far.
> While inline functions are better for active development because they
> check the arguments and thus find errors in the new code, the
> macros are
> safer for backwards compatibility because they can be undefined and
> redefined to prevent conflicts.
> The attached patch should help you. It should also be applied to CVS.
> Pavel Roskin
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