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Re: kern/52411: Cannot load iwn0 firmware (Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200

The following reply was made to PR kern/52411; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Donald Allen <>
To: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
Subject: Re: kern/52411: Cannot load iwn0 firmware (Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:53:57 -0400

 On 17 July 2017 at 15:24, Joerg Sonnenberger <> wrote:
 > On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 05:55:00PM +0000, Donald Allen wrote:
 >>  Either the firmware is supposed to be installed by the installer or it
 >>  must be installed via a package. If the former, as seems likely, then
 >>  it should have been there, and there was circumstantial evidence that
 >>  I cited in my original report that it was. If so, then there was
 >>  another issue besides the absence of the correct firmware file.
 > The package is only needed for ancient releases and it doesn't even
 > cover newer versions of the firmware interface contract.
 >>  I will close by saying that there has been no response to my comment
 >>  about the documentation problem. I think it's a serious issue and not
 >>  just in the wifi area. It does no good to produce good software that
 >>  is undocumented and therefore difficult or impossible to use.
 > Frankly, I see nothing useful in this bug report that can be acted upon.
 > No dmesg, no precise error message, nothing. Just "It doesn't work for
 > me". At this point, I'm really considering just closing the PR as
 > "Thanks for testing, sorry, that it didn't work".
 Fine. Close it. By the way, show me where the bug reporting mechanism
 says "Please include a dmesg". This is consistent with keeping other
 essential information about the system a secret. A recipe for oblivion
 and you are almost there.

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