Fwd: [ANN] iw: v0.9.19

Tim Gardner tim.gardner at canonical.com
Wed Jan 27 19:08:24 UTC 2010

Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 7:56 AM, Tony Espy <espy at canonical.com> wrote:
>> Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
>>> 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.
>> The rfkill userspace app is included in wireless-tools which lives in main,
>> which I think is installed by default ( it's present on my Karmic system and
>> I don't recall installing it directly ).
> Interesting, what's it doing stuffed with wireless-tools?

Thats cause I was lazy and just dumped it in with existing wireless tools.

>> If "iw" is needed in main, I can write the MIR for inclusion in main (
>> unless someone's already beaten me to it ).

Tony - go for it. iw needs a MIR.

Tim Gardner tim.gardner at canonical.com

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