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Subject[patch 044/164] mac80211: give warning if building w/out rate ctrl algorithm
2.6.33-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.

From: Andres Salomon <>

commit c2ef355bf3ef0b8006b96128726684fba47ac928 upstream.

I discovered that if EMBEDDED=y, one can accidentally build a mac80211 stack
and drivers w/ no rate control algorithm. For drivers like RTL8187 that don't
supply their own RC algorithms, this will cause ieee80211_register_hw to
fail (making the driver unusable).

This will tell kconfig to provide a warning if no rate control algorithms
have been selected. That'll at least warn the user; users that know that
their drivers supply a rate control algorithm can safely ignore the
warning, and those who don't know (or who expect to be using multiple
drivers) can select a default RC algorithm.

Signed-off-by: Andres Salomon <>
Signed-off-by: John W. Linville <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

net/mac80211/Kconfig | 9 +++++++++
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)
--- a/net/mac80211/Kconfig
+++ b/net/mac80211/Kconfig
@@ -15,8 +15,12 @@ comment "CFG80211 needs to be enabled fo

if MAC80211 != n

+config MAC80211_HAS_RC
+ def_bool n
config MAC80211_RC_PID
bool "PID controller based rate control algorithm" if EMBEDDED
+ select MAC80211_HAS_RC
This option enables a TX rate control algorithm for
mac80211 that uses a PID controller to select the TX
@@ -24,12 +28,14 @@ config MAC80211_RC_PID

config MAC80211_RC_MINSTREL
bool "Minstrel" if EMBEDDED
+ select MAC80211_HAS_RC
default y
This option enables the 'minstrel' TX rate control algorithm

prompt "Default rate control algorithm"
+ depends on MAC80211_HAS_RC
This option selects the default rate control algorithm
@@ -62,6 +68,9 @@ config MAC80211_RC_DEFAULT


+comment "Some wireless drivers require a rate control algorithm"
+ depends on MAC80211_HAS_RC=n
config MAC80211_MESH
bool "Enable mac80211 mesh networking (pre-802.11s) support"
depends on MAC80211 && EXPERIMENTAL

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