[PATCH RFC] cfg80211: add new command for reporting wiphy crashes

Jakub Kicinski jakub.kicinski at netronome.com
Fri Sep 20 10:56:31 PDT 2019


On Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:37:08 +0200, Rafał Miłecki wrote:
> From: Rafał Miłecki <rafal at milecki.pl>
> 
> Hardware or firmware instability may result in unusable wiphy. In such
> cases usually a hardware reset is needed. To allow a full recovery
> kernel has to indicate problem to the user space.
> 
> This new nl80211 command lets user space known wiphy has crashed and has
> been just recovered. When applicable it should result in supplicant or
> authenticator reconfiguring all interfaces.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Rafał Miłecki <rafal at milecki.pl>
> ---
> I'd like to use this new cfg80211_crash_report() in brcmfmac after a
> successful recovery from a FullMAC firmware crash.
> 
> Later on I'd like to modify hostapd to reconfigure wiphy using a
> previously used setup.
> 
> I'm OpenWrt developer & user and I got annoyed by my devices not auto
> recovering after various failures. There are things I cannot fix (hw
> failures or closed fw crashes) but I still expect my devices to get
> back to operational state as soon as possible on their own.

Perhaps a slightly larger point, but I think it should be raised - 
is there any chance for reusing debugging, reset and recovery work done
in devlink originally for complex Ethernet devices?

WiFi drivers have been dealing with more complex/FW heavy designs for a
while so maybe you've grow your own interfaces, and maybe they
necessarily need to be 802.11-centric, but I'm a little surprised that:

linux $ git grep devlink -- drivers/net/wireless/
linux $



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