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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:31 pm    Post subject: compat-wireless, alx driver, fails to compile Reply with quote

Hi all,

So I have a Lenovo G580 with a Broadcom wireless card and an Atheros ethernet card, neither of which are really supported in linux. I managed to get the Broadcom card working (at least, the computer tells me that there is a kernel module for it), so now I am working on the Atheros ethernet card AR8162

A friend told me to download "compat-wireless" and build the "alx" driver. So I downloaded compat-wireless-3.6.8-1-snp, unpacked it. Then
Code:
 ./scripts/driver-select alx
, some messages, then
Code:
make
. It fails with

Code:

*** no rule to make target ..../drivers/atheros/alx/Makefile
..../drivers/atheros/alx/Makefile no such file or directory


Has anybody been able to compile this driver (apparently my friend did succeed but he said he had no problems with the Makefile)
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try the package without -snp suffix (though that might be an independent problem).
Also, the way to use that after driver-select is probably
Code:
make KLIB=/usr/src/linux KLIB_BUILD=/usr/src/linux


You should try making an ebuild for it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need the package marked -snpc. You could also try patching your kernel with this: https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/8/27/52
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:27 am    Post subject: [solved] compat-wireless, alx driver, fails to compile Reply with quote

The compat-wireless download page gives 5 versions of the compat-wireless package: a "plain" version, and -s, -sn, -snp, -snp, -snpc. These extra letters indicate increasing levels of patching. The homepage advises normal users to take the -snp version. I did, and it does not compile. I downloaded the -snpc version, and that one compiled without any problems. I don't understand why. At present, my computer is using the Atheros Ethernet A8162.
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