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misc/39429: improve IEEE 802.11 documentation

>Number:         39429
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       improve IEEE 802.11 documentation
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    misc-bug-people
>State:          open
>Class:          doc-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Aug 29 05:50:01 +0000 2008
>Originator:     Taylor R Campbell <>
>Release:        NetBSD 4.0_STABLE
System: NetBSD smalltalk.localdomain 4.0_STABLE NetBSD 4.0_STABLE 
(RIAXEN3_DOM0) #4: Sat Aug 23 06:25:39 UTC 2008 
Architecture: i386
Machine: i386

        `apropos 802.11' brings up every IEEE 802.11 wireless network
        driver except an(4).  `apropos wireless' brings up every IEEE
        802.11 wireless network driver except ath(4).  While `apropos
        wireless 802.11' will bring them all up, it would be nice if
        both `apropos wireless' and `apropos 802.11' did as well.

        ieee80211(4) cross-references only three relevant drivers.  It
        would be nice to include a comprehensive list of the supported
        drivers there, possibly with the name line of each man page.
        Also, all of the IEEE 802.11 wireless network driver man pages
        should probably cross-reference ieee80211(4).

        OpenBSD's IEEE 802.11 wireless network driver man pages
        generally list relevant supported `ifconfig' commands in a
        CONFIGURATION section and supported or tested hardware in a
        HARDWARE section.  This is very handy for quickly finding
        supported features in particular drivers without requiring
        scrutiny of the source.  Some NetBSD man pages contain this
        information, but it is not consitent across all the man pages.


        Patches coming, unless someone beats me to them.  Of course,
        for the lists of supported or tested hardware, I can't provide
        missing information -- those who support or test the hardware
        will have to contribute.

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