Fwd: [ANN] iw: v0.9.19

Luis R. Rodriguez mcgrof at gmail.com
Wed Jan 20 19:14:38 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:41 AM, Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 9:14 AM, Tim Gardner <tim.gardner at canonical.com> wrote:
>> Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
>>> Slowly deprecating wireless-tools in favor for iw is a good step
>>> forward for users, this is the latest iw release. The iw documentation
>>> is available at:
>>> http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Documentation/iw
>>> And for those looking for a quick guide when trying to get used to iw
>>> by referencing wireless-tools as example can use this:
>>> http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Documentation/iw/replace-iwconfig
>>> I noticed iw was not installed by default on 9.10, would be nice to
>>> see it default in Lucid.
>>>   Luis
>> Luis - iw is currently a universe package. When will it become mandatory
>> for manipulating wireless settings?
>> I just uploaded iw_0.9.19
> Well I don't ever refer anyone to 'iwconfig' except for two things
> which we haven't ported yet:
>  * Changing output tx power
>  * Disabling/enabling/tuning power save
> Apart from these two things 'iw' should be used by users for every
> thing else. For modern 802.11n devices you will only get its
> capabilities and scanning information from 802.11n APs using iw.
> wireless-tools is deprecated just like ifconfig is in favor for ip at
> this point.

By the same token the rfkill userspace app is just as helpful, it
certainly can help debug a lot of issues. I don't think that one is
installed by default yet. One argument for such tool to be installed
by default is it *can* allow for actual software rfkill when a
platform does not have some button for it.


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