nl80211: use_monitor and non-mac80211 drivers

Rafał Miłecki zajec5 at
Mon Nov 14 03:18:07 PST 2016

On 14 November 2016 at 12:08, Johannes Berg <johannes at> wrote:
>> > The monitor interface is something pretty much historic, we should
>> > perhaps consider removing support for it - it hasn't been used for
>> > about 5 years, since kernel 3.3 I believe.
>> Oh, that's something new for me. I still use (...) interface add mon0
>> type monitor and I can see many howtos saying to do that.
>> What's the new way of getting whole packets with radiotap header?
> Oh, no, that use case certainly is perfectly valid and there is nothing
> to replace it.
> I was referring only to the "cooked monitor" mode that hostapd uses to
> get "all frames the kernel didn't handle".
> Sorry I didn't make that clear.

Thanks for explaining. It makes sense I guess, we should also simplify
initialization path. There is too much guessing on what method should
be used. Dropping monitor-based AP support would help with that a lot.


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