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Re: [PATCHv2] nl/cfg/mac80211: add set_mcast_rate API

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On Mon, 2012-07-09 at 15:18 +0200, Antonio Quartulli wrote:

> > So this is kinda broken. In fact, the whole basic rate thing is broken
> > it seems.
> > 
> > The mcast rate is per band, as it should, since you could find the same
> > BSSID on a 5 GHz channel and then jump to that channel if the TSF is
> > higher...
> > 
> > However, the basic rates aren't, which is wrong: the basic rates bitmap
> > could be 1,2,6,9. If the driver is like most drivers, that translates to
> > a bitmap of 0x33. But 0x33, for most drivers, if applied to the 5 GHz
> > rates means 6,9,24,36. See why this is broken? A rate bitmap can't be
> > siwtched around between bands and still make any sense.
> 
> I see, I wrongly thought that nl80211_parse_mcast_rate() was checking if the
> provided mcast_rate belongs to the basic_rate set of the band which we are now.

Well, ok, don't get confused -- there's no basic rate set "of the band",
it's a BSS property.

> But that's wrong! nl80211_parse_mcast_rate() only checks if the provided
> mcast_rate exists somewhere...

It checks that each rate exists in the band that it's for.

> > Oh, also, I'm not sure why you do BIT(... -1), but that's unrelated.
> > What kind of value is the mcast rate? A rate index, or a number?
> > 
> 
> it's an index and actually it's the index +1, as reported in mac80211.h:
> 
>  * @mcast_rate: per-band multicast rate index + 1 (0: disabled)

also in the cfg80211 API?

johannes

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