Meino.Cramer | 29 Jul 05:18 2015

Wifi slow motion data transfer


the AP is now up and running ... but the the transfer rates are only 
about 80 Kb/sec (conky).

I use an Atheros based USB wifi dongle, create_ap for setup and the
internet connection goes via my PC. There are no other transfers
running (check with wireshark), beside occassional dns and pop3
communications (very low data amounts) and the PC is nearly
without load (ok...I am typing this email on it, but....;)

Any way to push this up...?

Best regards

gottlieb | 29 Jul 02:36 2015

trouble with wireless on new install

I am having trouble with wireless on a new install (gnome/systemd).

lspci reports
  02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7265 (rev 59)

I looked this up and it requires the iwlwifi driver and iwlmvm, which I enabled in the kernel (as modules).
lsmod reports
    Module                  Size  Used by
    iwlmvm                142993  0 
    mac80211              425803  1 iwlmvm
    x86_pkg_temp_thermal     4567  0 
    iwlwifi                88075  1 iwlmvm

I have merged linux-firmware and ls /lib/firmware/*7265* reports
    /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-7265-10.ucode  /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-7265-9.ucode
    /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-7265-12.ucode  /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-7265D-10.ucode
    /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-7265-8.ucode   /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-7265D-12.ucode

dmsg | grep iwl reports
    [    2.819953] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: irq 48 for MSI/MSI-X
    [    2.824130] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: loaded firmware version op_modeiwlmvm
    [    2.836969] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: Detected Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless AC 7265, REV=0x210
    [    2.838620] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: L1 Disabled - LTR Enabled
    [    2.838775] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: L1 Disabled - LTR Enabled
    [    2.896168] ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'iwl-mvm-rs'
    [    2.899325] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0 wlp2s0: renamed from wlan0

The complaint seems to be "L1 disabled"

NetworkManager started the wired network but failed with the wireless
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Peter Humphrey | 28 Jul 13:34 2015


Hello list,

Hardly had I said that MBR had caused me no problems in years, guess what? It 
did. I tried to mount /boot (ext2) to install a new kernel but it couldn't be 
mounted - wrong fs type or some such. When I got it mounted as ext4 it looked 
fine. Fsck had found nothing wrong either, but fdisk showed the wrong partition 
as Active. /boot is on /dev/md1 which is RAID-1 built on /dev/sd[ab]1, so sda1 
should have been marked Active (it was when I set it up), but the spare, empty 
sda2 was instead.

On booting a rescue system and correcting the Active flag with fdisk, all the 
files in it disappeared. So I put them back in and booted the main system. Same 
all over again.

In the end I just zapped /, /var, /usr/portage etc, restored from an older 
backup, synced and emerged -e world. Then restoring the files in /boot resulted 
in a stable system.

Looks like time I investigated GPT or BTRFS. But I don't want to go from GRUB 
legacy to GRUB-2. Is that possible?



Meino.Cramer | 27 Jul 20:13 2015

To Wifi or not to Wifi...


shocked from over 1000 lines of configurational stuff in
wpa_supplicant.conf I have manovered to this point

The USB Wifi-dongle now is a TP-LINK WN722N with Atheros chipset  AR9271 802.11n
(thanks for the hint!) which driver is by far easier to compile and
use as the hassle with this other one...

I started /etc/init.d/hostapd manually and the /etc/init.d/net.wlan0
and got this here

Successfully initialized wpa_supplicant
rfkill: Cannot open RFKILL control device                                                             [ ok ]
 *   Starting wpa_cli on wlan0 ...                                                                    [ ok ]
 *   Backgrounding ... ...
 * WARNING: net.wlan0 has started, but is inactive

I am confused by this...especially by "rfkill: Cannot open RFKILL control device...[OK]".
It's feeling like: "Unexpected ERROR: SUCCESS"

What is the above text is trying to tell me?

Thank you very much in advance for any help!
Best regards,

Is there any stripped down version of wpa_supplicant.conf 
for AP use? Sawing that reminds me a little at manually configuring
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Meino.Cramer | 25 Jul 11:16 2015

Wifi: Hardware out of luck ?


I bought a Wifi USB dongle, on which box was stated: "Linux
cpmpatible, driver available".

As it seams, it was an advertising:
The driver is a source code archive of the vendor -
last updated for kernel ... 2.6.x.

lsusb reports:
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 148f:7601 Ralink Technology, Corp. MT7601U Wireless Adapter

lspci does not say anything about this device.

I compiled "everything Ralink" into the kernel (4.1.3, vanilla),
but still get only lsusb recognizing this.

Any hope to get it running nonetheless somehow?

Best regards,

Mick | 25 Jul 10:29 2015

Firefox-31.8.0 build fails on no-multilib PC

Any idea how I can fix the errors it mentions below:

creating cache ./config.cache
checking host system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
checking target system type... x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
checking build system type... x86_64-pc-linux-gnu
checking for mawk... no
checking for gawk... gawk
Using Python from environment variable $PYTHON
Creating Python environment
New python executable in /var/tmp/portage/www-
Also creating executable in /var/tmp/portage/www-
Installing setuptools, pip...
  Complete output from command /var/tmp/portage/www...ualenv/bin/python2.7 -c 
"import sys, pip; sys...d\"] + sys.argv[1:]))" setuptools pip:
  Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/var/tmp/portage/www-client/firefox-31.8.0/work/mozilla-
any.whl/pip/", line 10, in <module>
  File "/var/tmp/portage/www-client/firefox-31.8.0/work/mozilla-
any.whl/pip/", line 18, in <module>
  File "/var/tmp/portage/www-client/firefox-31.8.0/work/mozilla-
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Meino.Cramer | 25 Jul 05:25 2015

Qucik and (not so) dirty WLAN setup


since the topic "WLAN/Wifi" is a wide area and I am only a pedestrian
(and a not native english speaker too), I want to ask for a keyword or
terminus technicus, what I need to search for...

Wanted setup:
I Wifi connection between a tablet PC (android) and Gentoo Linux PC.
I definitely dont want any other to access neither the tablet nor the
PC. I need a 'Hotspot' or what name does the setup has, which
I need to build on my Gentoo Linux PC?

Thank you very much in advance for any help!
Best regards,

misteryellow | 24 Jul 16:11 2015

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Hello everyone,

When attempting to create a LUKS encrypted partition, I get get "device 
or resource busy" that prevents me to continue with the gentoo 
installation as I would like to encrypt my boot and root partitions. 
Whenever I continue and reach the point to install genkernel with 
"cryptsetup" flags to generate the ramdisk with LUKS modules in it, it 
prompts me to install thin-provisioning-tools , but the compile fails 
for some reason and I can see that people have reported this issue in 
July 12, but so far this ebuild has not been fixed. Also the x86 
installation image is compiled with bash that targets i486 and those 
downloading the i686 stage 3 tarball will be surprised to see "Illegal 
instructions" that they are not able to chroot unless they download i486 
tarball or compile the bash shell.

Attaching an image to this message, so you can see the error.

J.Rutkowski | 24 Jul 05:08 2015

The state of public relations?

What is the current status of Gentoo public relations? A quick glance on
Gentoo's Google+ and Twitter accounts show no posts in 3-4 months. Even
the Project:Public Relations[1] page seems quite out of date. While we
have the mailing lists, forum, Gentoo Monthly Newsletter, these are all
geared more for the internal Gentoo community. What else is being or can
be done in outreach to the rest of the Linux/FOSS community? Something
that really intrigues me is Fedora's Ambassador[2] project and the
concerted effort placed in organizing presence at events, publicly
promoting projects, organzing contributor and developer projects (à la
hackathons), etc. Is this something that users would like
to see more?


J. Rutkowski

gottlieb | 23 Jul 03:29 2015

gru2-mkconfig tries to read the extended partition ??

My new installation is running well, in particular it boots fine.
However the grub2-mkconfig seems odd.

It finds linux (all kernels) and the stub windows partition.  But then I
get messages that both ext4-fs and FAT-fs have trouble with /dev/sda4,
which is the extended partition.  Perhaps the fact that the windows
partitions sda[23] don't really have windows on them yet is part of the

Has anyone else seen something like this?


walt | 22 Jul 03:34 2015

[OT] Very recent change in behavior of gmail imap/smtp servers

Very soon after being invited to open a gmail account, I discovered
that google offers non-web-browser access to their free (as in beer)
email servers.

This puzzled me (still does) because it seems to violate google's basic
business model, which is based on advertising revenue.  (I never see an
advertisement when sending/reading email via smtp/imap, obviously.)

Google has just introduced a 120-second delay before allowing login to
their email servers.  Just in the last day or two, literally.

I can understand the delay for sending email (spammers) but why the
same delay for reading email?

(My conspiracy theory has been suppressed to allow room for your own
conspiracy theory ;)