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Date:	Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:18:24 -0600
From:	Larry Finger <>
To:	Krzysztof Konopko <>,
	Jes Sorensen <>
CC:	Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] staging: rtl8723au: Fix sparse warnings

On 12/12/2014 04:50 PM, Krzysztof Konopko wrote:
> On 12/12/14 18:35, Larry Finger wrote:
>> On 12/12/2014 05:35 AM, Krzysztof Konopko wrote:
>>> On 12/12/14 00:53, Larry Finger wrote:
>>>> In particular, did you test on big-endian hardware after you
>>>> made this change?
>>> Nope.  I don't have any big-endian hardware.  I don't even have the
>>> wireless card TBH.  But I'm happy to try to get one.  Is Rtl8723AE the
>>> right model?
>> No. The device numbers that end in E are PCIe and use a mac80211-based
>> driver. As none of my BE hardware has PCIe, I cannot test those drivers
>> on other than LE hardware. I do not have the hardware either for the
>> RTL8723AU. For that reason, I am careful when modifying the driver - I
>> let Jes do that.
> Silly me.  'U' stands for USB here.  But can't find this device on any
> auction.  It's included in some ultrabooks but can't afford that for the
> sake of fixing some sparse warnings :)

There are no stand-alone USB devices that I have found for either RTL8723AU or 
RTL8723BU. The closest are modules CM-8723U and CM-8723BU by CC&C 
( with RTL8723AU and RTL8723BU, respectively. The 
former is obsolete and no longer on the web site. These modules have D+ and D- 
connectors for USB, but they take 3.3 V, not 5. As a result, one would need some 
sort of voltage regulator circuit. That would not be complicated as it would 
consist of a TI LM2937-3.3 and a couple of capacitors. I wrote to them to see if 
I could get samples, but no response yet.

>> To be able to fix the kernel driver for RTL8188EU on PPC, I need to sort
>> out these endian problems. Once I do, I will port them to the other
>> drivers.
> Isn't `sparse` useful here? :)

Yes, but the git repo works, and the kernel version does not, even though both 
do not have any Sparse warhings.


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