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Date:	Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:52:20 +0100 (CET)
From:	Jiri Kosina <>
To:	Linus Torvalds <>
cc:	Borislav Petkov <>,
	"Grumbach, Emmanuel" <>,
	"" <>,
	"" <>,
	"" <>,
	"" <>,
	"" <>,
	"Berg, Johannes" <>,
	Larry Finger <>
Subject: [PATCH] Revert "cfg80211: make WEXT compatibility unselectable"

This reverts commit 24a0aa212ee2dbe44360288684478d76a8e20a0a.

It's causing severe userspace breakage. Namely, all the utilities
from wireless-utils which are relying on CONFIG_WEXT (which means
tools like 'iwconfig', 'iwlist', etc) are not working anymore. There
is a 'iw' utility in newer wireless-tools, which is supposed to be
a replacement for all the "deprecated" binaries, but it's far away
from being massively adopted.

Please see [1] for example of the userspace breakage this is causing.

In addition to that, Larry Finger reports [2] that this patch is also
causing ipw2200 driver being impossible to build.

To me this clearly shows that CONFIG_WEXT is far, far away from being
"deprecated enough" to be removed.


Signed-off-by: Jiri Kosina <>
 net/wireless/Kconfig | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/wireless/Kconfig b/net/wireless/Kconfig
index 22ba971..29c8675 100644
--- a/net/wireless/Kconfig
+++ b/net/wireless/Kconfig
@@ -175,7 +175,7 @@ config CFG80211_INTERNAL_REGDB
 	  Most distributions have a CRDA package.  So if unsure, say N.
 config CFG80211_WEXT
-	bool
+	bool "cfg80211 wireless extensions compatibility"
 	depends on CFG80211
 	select WEXT_CORE
Jiri Kosina
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