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Re: Madwifi not working with latest kernel upgrade, broken dependency.



On Wed, 2006-05-31 at 10:23 -0400, Robert Locke wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-05-30 at 10:02 -0400, Dan wrote:
> > Gerry Tool wrote:
> > > Yesterday I did a yum update on my laptop.  A new kernel, 2122, and many
> > > other packages installed, but madwifi from livna would not install due
> > > to a dependency on madwifi-kmod-common.  The new kernel and the
> > > installed madwifi do not work together.  I can get madwifi to work if I
> > > boot to the previous kernel 2096.
> > >
> > > The missing dependency for madwifi and kmod-madwifi is
> > > madwifi-kmod-common = 0.0.0.20060317 is not available.
> > >
> > > Anyone know how to fix this?  Thanks.
> > >
> > > Gerry
> > >
> > >
> > >   
> > I would suspect this is because madwifi-kmod-common currently does not 
> > exist in livna. Probably a mistake by livna, either adding this 
> > dependency or forgetting to upload madwifi-kmod-common with the update.
> > The old kernel's kmod-madwifi is designed for the old kernel, and won't 
> > work with any other kernel. So you need the new one for a new kernel; 
> > the same madwifi should work for both (as long as both kmod-madwifis 
> > will work with the same version). Yum does not currently handle these 
> > kmods correctly (e.g. it updates it so that the one for the old kernel 
> > isn't there anymore, when it should be retained); you can try 
> > yum-fedorakmod in Extras, the attempt at correcting this.
> > -Dan
> > 
> 
> ummm, no.
> 
> There is a dependency "conflict", not a "missing" dependency.
> 
> When they packaged up the madwifi driver for the 2122, they took a new
> snapshot from the madwifi project, dated 20060520.
> 
> Now kmod-madwifi depends on madwifi (which is what provides
> madwifi-kmod-common).  While kmod-madwifi is unique for each kernel,
> madwifi is a one version at a time component.  So, in order to upgrade
> to the "later 20060520" version of madwifi, it needs to replace the
> "older 20060317" version.  But, it can't because the working
> kmod-madwifi package from his earlier kernel depends on that "older
> version".
> 
> The real problem is a bit of a catch-22.  How to remove the old packages
> to allow the new packages to install while potentially disconnecting
> yourself from the network.
> 
> For me, I connected to the network using my Ethernet adapter, and did
> the following:
> 
> yum remove \*madwifi\*
> yum install kmod-madwifi-0.0.0.20060520-6.2.6.16_1.2122_FC5
> 
> This worked for me, YMMV....
> 
> Of course, I now no longer have wireless on my old kernels.....
> 
> --Rob
> 
> 
I found that rpm -e madwifi kmod-madwifi

followed by

yum install madwifi

while connected via the madwifi drivers worked just fine.

Now using the new kernel after a reboot, hoping there is no need to
revert.

Thanks for your reply, Rob.

Gerry



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