Subject: Re: 'wiconfig -D' failing with ioctl: Operation now in progress
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Liam J. Foy <>
List: tech-net
Date: 12/30/2006 23:36:11
On 30 Dec 2006, at 23:25, David Brownlee wrote:

> On Sat, 30 Dec 2006, Liam J. Foy wrote:
>> On 30 Dec 2006, at 21:05, David Young wrote:
>>> On Sat, Dec 30, 2006 at 08:38:06PM +0000, David Brownlee wrote:
>>>> 	Since updating to NetBSD 4.0_BETA2 (from NetBSD 3) I've
>>>> 	been unable to get wiconfig -D to work. I've tried with
>>>> 	ath0, rtw0, and iwi0 on two different machines.
>>>> 	In all cases the ioctl() SIOCGWAVELAN loop times out without
>>>> 	getting any result.
>>>> 	Increasing retries from 10 to 60 (sec) did not affect the result.
>>>> 	Is there anything I should be looking at to try to track this
>>>> 	down?
>>> David,
>>> Did it work with ath, rtw, and iwi on NetBSD 3?  I did not think  
>>> it did.
>>> I only expect for it to work with wi.  Everything other driver is
>>> a toss-up.
> 	It worked fine with ath on NetBSD 3. It would fail maybe one
> 	time in a hundred or less.
>>> I have been saying so for some time, but here we go again: NetBSD  
>>> *really*
>>> needs to borrow the 'list scan' functions from ifconfig in FreeBSD.
>>> All of the kernel support should be in NetBSD already.  Borrowing  
>>> those
>>> functions does not require any 802.11 expertise.  Don't wait for  
>>> me to
>>> do it, I haven't the time or the interest.
>> I spoke to Sam regarding this and produced a patch set (based on
>> FreeBSD, of course). However, I am unable to do anything with the  
>> code
>> since I don't have a supported card according to Sam, so I just  
>> left it.
>> Not too sure where the code is now, but it didn't take long to fix  
>> up.
> 	If you might have the time and interest to look at this again,
> 	what would it take to get a supported card to you - I'd be
> 	happy to (within reason) order one online and ship to you.
> -- 
> 		David/absolute       -- No hype required --

That's just it - it wouldn't take long at all really. Maybe a day?  
Would be
better if someone just borrowed me, or someone else, a card sometime

		Liam J. Foy