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Bug 165984 - net-wireless/madwifi-ng does not allow mac address changes to wifix
Summary: net-wireless/madwifi-ng does not allow mac address changes to wifix
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Steev Klimaszewski (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2007-02-08 19:51 UTC by Marcus Gaskamp
Modified: 2007-02-10 01:13 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Marcus Gaskamp 2007-02-08 19:51:27 UTC
This issue invloves the current 9.2.1 release of the madwifi-ng drivers, changing the mac address as described at: does not work. 
The solution is a patch on or directly at 

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
follow steps as described by

Actual Results:  
the mac address change fails

Expected Results:  
the mac address should change

The problem is than ifconfig hw not supporting ARPHRD_IEEE80211 device class. Ultimately the correct fix would be updating ifconfig userspace tools or simply remove line from the driver setting the master device in to ARPHRD_IEEE80211 class. 

Since, using the master device as ARPHRD_ETHER class device should not have any side effects, it would be ok to patch madwifi to set the device as an ether device instead and save the update to userspace tools.
Comment 1 Steev Klimaszewski (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2007-02-10 01:13:14 UTC
Not going to apply this - Upstream applied it, but then they backed it out again and said it wasn't a proper solution.