Regression on rfkill handling

Tomasz Bursztyka tomasz.bursztyka at linux.intel.com
Thu Apr 24 08:41:15 EDT 2014


Hi,

I have noticed a regression recently on how wpa_supplicant handles 
rfkill status.
Let's say 2 devices, one is hard "rfkillable" and the other one is not.
In most cases: internal wifi card + a usb wifi dongle, for instance.

Before the regression, wpa_supplicant was able to work so:
- one device gets hard-rfkilled, the second is not
- it can still manage to get the second one working properly

The regression I have experienced is:
- one device gets hard-rfkilled, the second is not
- wpa_supplicant assumes all cards are hard-rfkilled thus does nothing 
with the second one

git bisect ended up on that commit: 8c06db703d8cfd630a8eb738443a3d9134a3fc4a

I would like a bit more explanation about that patch, which says:
"On RF-kill, we should not request the kernel to start a P2P device."

Well, afaik the kernel properly handles rfkill. So, to me, it's up to 
the kernel
to handle that: you can ask to start the P2P device, it will do it or 
not depending on
the rfkill status for that device. As it does for setting it up non-P2P 
device.

Could you clarify the point of this patch then?

Thanks,

Tomasz



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