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SubjectRe: [PATCH] staging: rtl8188eu: Remove an unused variable and some lines of code
On Fri, Jul 02, 2021 at 02:14:45PM +0200, Fabio M. De Francesco wrote:
> On Friday, July 2, 2021 10:35:21 AM CEST Dan Carpenter wrote:
> > On Fri, Jul 02, 2021 at 10:48:40AM +0300, Dan Carpenter wrote:
> > > On Thu, Jul 01, 2021 at 04:47:07PM +0200, Fabio M. De Francesco wrote:
> > > > Remove set but unused iw_operation_mode[]. Remove all the lines of
> > > > code from the function rtw_wx_set_rate, except the "return 0;" line
> > > > to not break userland code that somewhat uses this IOCTL.
> > > >
> > > > Signed-off-by: Fabio M. De Francesco <>
> > > > [...]
> > >
> Dear Dan,
> > > Just delete this whole file. It doesn't do anything now.
> >
> > Sorry, I meant function, not file. *chortle*. :P
> No worries, it is clear it was unintended.
> Back to the function... As you may suspect :-) I know practically nothing
> neither of Linux device drivers or of whatever else kernel, so I take your
> words for good. ASAP, I'll send a v2 of this patch.
> However, I usually like to understand what I make (just for fun and... more).
> That rtw_wx_set_rate() is the implementation of the SIOCSIWRATE IOCTL command.
> I hope that I have not misunderstood it, have I?


> However, we know that this function does practically nothing and then simply
> returns 0 to the user. That's exactly the reason why I deleted all its lines
> (except one).

It used to do nothing in a much more complicated way before commit
1aef69ecacda ("staging: rtl8188eu: Remove function rtw_setdatarate_cmd()")

> If I am a user of that command I get a "success" return code (0) and I don't
> notice that it won't be able to set the bit rate. However everything should
> still keep running (I suppose using the default bit rate of the hardware; who
> really knows?).

It will still do nothing but now instead of returning success it will
return -ENOTSUPP. This is done in wireless_process_ioctl().

> Now it's time for two questions:
> 1) what happens if that command is used by some users that (hopelessly) expect
> the function to set the bit rate? I mean: if the function is not anymore in
> the list of the IOCTL commands of the rtw_handlers array will still the user
> program compile, link, and don't crash at runtime?

Userspace programs are supposed to be written so that they work with
every wifi driver, so they should be able to handle -ENOTSUPP. If this
breaks a userspace application then we will have to change it back. But
returning -ENOTSUPP is the correct behavior, so let's first try to do
the correct thing and then think about working around bugs in userspace
if we find them.

> 2) how should I delete the association of SIOCSIWRATE with rtw_wx_set_rate()
> in the rtw_handlers array?
> - delete the entry and shift the array one position up?
> - set the SIOCSIWRATE entry to NULL?

The IW_HANDLER() macro puts the function in the correct position in the
array. So just delete it. Everything else will remain unchanged.

dan carpenter

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