[PATCH] nl80211: Don't call linux_iface_up() for a dedicated P2P Device

Peer, Ilan ilan.peer at intel.com
Mon Dec 28 06:47:55 PST 2015

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jouni Malinen [mailto:j at w1.fi]
> Sent: Monday, December 28, 2015 16:05
> To: Peer, Ilan
> Cc: hostap at lists.infradead.org
> Subject: Re: [PATCH] nl80211: Don't call linux_iface_up() for a dedicated P2P
> Device
> On Sun, Dec 27, 2015 at 02:36:11PM +0200, Ilan Peer wrote:
> > As a dedicated P2P Device interface does not have a network interface
> > associated with it, trying to call linux_iface_up() on it would always
> > fail so this call can be skipped for such an interface.
> >
> > Getting interface nlmode can be done only after bss->wdev_id is set,
> > so move this call to wpa_driver_nl80211_finish_drv_init(),
> > and do it only in case the nlmode != NL80211_IFTYPE_P2P_DEVICE.
> Does this need to be done after the wpa_driver_nl80211_capa() call here?

No. The important thing is to have wdev_id set, so it can be used in nl80211_cmd_msg(). 

> > @@ -2243,6 +2240,11 @@ wpa_driver_nl80211_finish_drv_init(struct
> wpa_driver_nl80211_data *drv,
> >  	if (wpa_driver_nl80211_capa(drv))
> >  		return -1;
> >
> > +	if (first &&
> > +	    nl80211_get_ifmode(bss) != NL80211_IFTYPE_P2P_DEVICE &&
> > +	    linux_iface_up(drv->global->ioctl_sock, bss->ifname) > 0)
> > +		drv->start_iface_up = 1;
> The sequence used here would be different for fetching driver capabilities
> compared to what was used previously (i.e., the interface would now be down
> while it was up previously). I'd rather avoid such a change here (i.e., reorder
> these two calls with
> wpa_driver_nl80211_finish_drv_init()) unless this nl80211_get_ifmode() part
> is not expected to work here without the driver capabilities fetched. If this

This should still work as expected as AFAIU the only calls command that are used before it this 
flow are ones that do not require the interface to be up. But as stated above this call can be moved
before querying the capabilities.

> specific sequence is needed, I'd like to get better understand on whether this
> could break any existing use cases (i.e., whether there is a driver that cannot
> return correct capabilities without the interface being UP first). If I
> understood correctly, this new patch does not really fix anything other than
> maybe making the debug log cleaner (and well, if it does fix something, the
> commit log should be modified to say so).

This is only log cleanup. 

Should I send a fixed patch that move the lines before querying the capabilities? 



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