P2P Device support: how to deal with p2p_no_group_iface option

Johannes Berg johannes at sipsolutions.net
Mon May 27 05:03:38 EDT 2013


> I looked into issues around hwsim p2p tests and got all but one p2p test 
> passing now (test_autogo_tdls). I had to remove the p2p_no_group_iface 
> option from the p2px.conf files, because otherwise it tries to change 
> the P2P management interface into a P2P group interface. When using 
> P2P_DEVICE and P2P management interface this is not allowed by 
> mac80211_hwsim. Also for brcmfmac the P2P_DEVICE interface is dedicated 
> and can only be added/deleted, but not changed. Not sure if that is true 
> for iwlmvm as well.
> So I would like to discuss how to deal with the p2p_no_group_iface 
> option. As P2P_DEVICE is a new concept the name of the option may no 
> longer match what it intends. Is the option to force all P2P operations 
> to be done on a single interface, ie. wlan0 (or whatever is specified on 
> the command line) and no P2P_DEVICE is to be created. Or should it 
> change the interface from the command line as P2P group interface.

I don't think I'd do either of those. Not creating P2P_DEVICE will
simply not work with drivers expecting it, and changing iftype to/from
P2P-Device isn't supported since it would delete/create the netdev.

I don't really see much choice but reject (or ignore) this option for
drivers using P2P_DEVICE. Why would anyone *really* want P2P operation
on wlan0 when another interface can be used?


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