/dev/ath log messages

Beech Rintoul akbeech at gmail.com
Fri Jan 6 19:01:20 PST 2006

On Friday 06 January 2006 07:47 am, Sam Leffler wrote:
> Beech Rintoul wrote:
> > I have noticed that for about the past month or so I've been getting
> > hundreds of the following every day in /var/log/messages:
> >
> > +ath0: link state changed to DOWN
> > +ath0: link state changed to UP
> >
> > It doesn't seem to affect connectivity, but it's really annoying in the
> > security report. Is there anything I can do to stop this? I'm running
> > -CURRENT from yesterday. I have built Sam's new drivers, but this problem
> > started long before that and was not affected by the upgrade. The lease
> > on the AP I'm connecting to is good for 24 hours so I don't think that's
> > an issue. I looked at the traffic with ethereal and everything looks
> > normal. I'm getting sorely tempted to go back to isc-dhclient and see if
> > this goes away, but I thought I would ask here first.
> sysctl net.link.log_link_state_change=0
> will make the msgs go away.  I do this on all my laptops.
> The issue (which should be in an FAQ) is that your station is
> reassociating to the ap, typically because you are idle.  Each time this
> happens the link state goes down+up.  The dhcp lease is not relevant.
> You might be able to tweak ap parameters to increase the idle timeout
> but aside from the link state msgs there's no reason to.
> 	Sam

Thanks Sam, that did fix my problem. That was really annoying, especially If I 
wanted to look at dmesg and that was all that was there. Maybe that should 
default to "0" with the option to turn it on as I'm sure most users don't 
want all those messages.

just my $.02



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