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Date:   Wed, 27 May 2020 15:34:37 +0300
From:   Kalle Valo <>
To:     Jerome Pouiller <>
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,
        "David S . Miller" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 00/10] staging: wfx: introduce nl80211 vendor extensions

Jerome Pouiller <> writes:

> This series introduces some nl80211 vendor extensions to the wfx driver.
> This series may lead to some discussions:
>   1. Patch 7 allows to change the dynamic PS timeout. I have found
>      an API in wext (cfg80211_wext_siwpower()) that do more or less the
>      same thing. However, I have not found any equivalent in nl80211. Is it
>      expected or this API should be ported to nl80211?

struct wireless_dev::ps_timeout doesn't work for you?

>   2. The device The device allows to do Packet Traffic Arbitration (PTA or
>      also Coex). This feature allows the device to communicate with another
>      RF device in order to share the access to the RF. The patch 9 provides
>      a way to configure that. However, I think that this chip is not the
>      only one to provide this feature. Maybe a standard way to change
>      these parameters should be provided?
>   3. For these vendor extensions, I have used the new policy introduced by
>      the commit 901bb989185516 ("nl80211: require and validate vendor
>      command policy"). However, it seems that my version of 'iw' is not
>      able to follow this new policy (it does not pack the netlink
>      attributes into a NLA_NESTED). I could develop a tool specifically for
>      that API, but it is not very handy. So, in patch 10, I have also
>      introduced an API for compatibility with iw. Any comments about this?

If you want the driver out of staging I recommend not adding any vendor
commands until the driver is moved to drivers/net/wireless. Also do note
that we have special rules for nl80211 vendor commands:


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