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ath9k debugging

This page documents the ath9k debugging facilities available.

Enabling debug

If you have issues with ath9k you can enable debug in ath9k. You will first need to enable the Kconfig option (CONFIG_ATH9K_DEBUG):

Device Drivers  --->
  [*] Network device support  --->
        Wireless LAN  --->
          <M>   Atheros 802.11n wireless cards support
          [*]     Atheros ath9k debugging

Then you can use the module parameter debug. We cover below the different available debug levels you can use.

enum ATH_DEBUG {
        ATH_DBG_RESET           = 0x00000001,
        ATH_DBG_QUEUE           = 0x00000002,
        ATH_DBG_EEPROM          = 0x00000004,
        ATH_DBG_CALIBRATE       = 0x00000008,
        ATH_DBG_INTERRUPT       = 0x00000010,
        ATH_DBG_REGULATORY      = 0x00000020,
        ATH_DBG_ANI             = 0x00000040,
        ATH_DBG_XMIT            = 0x00000080,
        ATH_DBG_BEACON          = 0x00000100,
        ATH_DBG_CONFIG          = 0x00000200,
        ATH_DBG_FATAL           = 0x00000400,
        ATH_DBG_ANY             = 0xffffffff

If you want to debug calibration (0x00000008) and resets (0x00000001) for example you would use (0x00000008 | 0x00000001) = 0x00000009. To debug everything just use 0xffffffff. Below is an example of how to enable debug for just configuration changes:

modprobe ath9k debug=0x00000200

Debugfs files

ath9k has several debugfs files which you can query for information and some which allow you to insert data. To get debugfs you will need to mount it first. You can do so as follows:

mount -t debugfs debugfs /sys/kernel/debug/

Below we document each debugfs file entry specific to ath9k.



This lets you change the current driver debug level which you would normally initialize during driver probe using the debug module parameter.







You can use this to query the rates used, the success rate, Packet Error Rate (PER), number of retries and number of xretries. This file should be removed in favor for mac80211 facilities, but we cannot do that until we make mac80211 rate control infrastructure HT-rate aware.



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