HEADS UP: if_ar, if_sr, *old* USB stack network driver users

Julian Elischer julian at elischer.org
Sun Mar 15 10:22:20 PDT 2009

Robert Watson wrote:
> On Sun, 15 Mar 2009, Robert Watson wrote:
>>>> 16 February 2009    HEADS UP to lists (this e-mail)
>>>> 01 March 2009        Disable build of all IFF_NEEDSGIANT drivers in 8.x
>>> Slightly delayed while USB NDIS was sorted out, I will be moving 
>>> ahead with disabling the build of all IFF_NEEDSGIANT drivers in HEAD 
>>> later today.
>> This patch is now committed; while I've done build testing (etc) 
>> there's always a chance of problems -- please drop me an e-mail if I 
>> missed something.
> Just to be clear -- if you are a user of:
>   if_ar
>   if_sr

these are drivers for synch io cards. they have netgraph interfaces
as well as 'old style' interfaces. I think John Hay was the last
person seen with these cards.

> Or one of the USB network interface drivers from the old USB stack (not 
> the new USB2 stack), then you will now find your device drivers are not 
> part of the build.  USB users should use the new USB stack if they need 
> network interface drivers; if_ar and if_sr drivers will need to modify 
> the device drivers to be MPSAFE and then submit patches.
> Robert N M Watson
> Computer Laboratory
> University of Cambridge
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