lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2013]   [Oct]   [28]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
SubjectRe: [PATCH 16/16] wl1251: Add sysfs file address for setting permanent mac address
From
Date
On Mon, 2013-10-28 at 16:04 +0100, Pali Rohár wrote:
> On Monday 28 October 2013 15:56:55 Johannes Berg wrote:
> > On Mon, 2013-10-28 at 09:46 -0500, Dan Williams wrote:
> > > If the device doesn't actually *have* a permanent MAC
> > > address, then it shouldn't be returning one via ethtool,
> > > and should return an error for ETHTOOL_GPERMADDR.
> >
> > There's currently no provision for that, but I agree it would
> > be better to do so.
> >
> > johannes
>
> So what to do with devices which has MAC address stored in some
> obscure place and there is userspace binary which can read it?
>
> I think that there should be some way to tell kernel that *this*
> is the permanent address and it should use it.
>
> This is reason why I proposed patch which adding sysfs entry for
> setting permanent address from userspace in wl1251 driver.

Ok, so the N900's MAC is stored in the "cal partition", which is a
region of flash exposed to the OS as /dev/mtd1. That also stores the
regulatory domain. Typically userspace binaries are used to pull out
this and other data (see
https://dev.openwrt.org/browser/packages/utils/calvaria/files/src/calvaria.c ) which is then used to initialize the device.

Any idea what kernel driver is used to expose the CAL partition
as /dev/mtd1? If it's nothing special maybe a small EEPROM-style driver
could be written to read the relevant areas (and since they don't ever
change, don't need to worry about something else writing at the same
time).

Dan


--
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/

\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2013-10-28 17:21    [W:0.082 / U:2.564 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site