[PATCH] Add libertas_disablemesh module parameter to disable mesh interface

Dan Williams dcbw at redhat.com
Thu May 19 13:16:58 EDT 2011

On Fri, 2011-05-13 at 15:16 +0200, Sascha Silbe wrote:
> Excerpts from Dan Williams's message of Thu May 12 05:11:36 +0200 2011:
> > On Wed, 2011-05-11 at 14:52 +0200, Sascha Silbe wrote:
> > > This allows individual users and deployments to disable mesh support at
> > > runtime, i.e. without having to build and maintain a custom kernel.
> > Does the mesh interface somehow cause problems, even when nothing is
> > using it?
> Some people suspect it does, but there's no hard data showing that. But
> then the problems are often hard to reproduce in the first place, so
> proving a correlation with mesh is even harder.

That's not an excuse for not finding and fixing the problem though.
What problems are we actually talking about here?

> The hardware based mesh support is based on an outdated draft of
> 802.11s and not interoperable with any other device AFAIK. For most
> users Ad-hoc networks are the better option. Disabling mesh support as
> low-level as possible makes it less likely that any remains are causing
> trouble. With at least four layers (firmware, kernel, NM, Sugar)
> involved in managing connectivity and one of the (firmware) being closed
> source, I prefer to simplify things by eliminating three layers for
> functionality we don't intend to use. It makes debugging (and
> blaming ;) ) a lot easier.
> In the field, mesh support is currently disabled using
> /sys/class/net/eth0/lbs_mesh. However, it comes back after resume
> (possibly only if powercycled) and needs to be disabled again by
> post-resume hacks. Race conditions with NM are possible.

That's a parameter handled by the driver; so shouldn't we make sure it's
respected again on resume?

> A user space option would be to teach NM to disable mesh support (at
> runtime - we don't want to ship a custom NM package). I'd expect the
> patch to be much more invasive than the one posted for libertas.

Not really, but we already have on/off for a bunch of other stuff, I
don't see why we can't add one for OLPC mesh.


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