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Re: Bug#353277: ndiswrapper in main (was: Bug#353277: should be in contrib)

On Tue, Feb 28, 2006 at 09:36:46AM -0800, Adam McKenna wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 28, 2006 at 02:38:53PM +0100, Gabor Gombas wrote:
> > One point that nobody raised so far: _reliable_ working on ndiswrapper
> > depends on the 16k-stack patch that is not available in Debian AFAIK.
> > Without that patch, drivers requiring ndiswrapper (being free or not)
> > only work by pure chance. So whatever the Depends: line says,
> > ndiswrapper for any practical purposes depends on software that is not
> > in main.
> I've been using ndiswrapper with stock kernels since 0.2 or 0.3, and I have
> never heard of the '16k-stack patch'.

The thing is: Windows has a 16k stack for drivers.  The Linux kernel
has either a 4k + 4k stack or an 8k stack, depending on what version of
the kernel you use.  Most drivers don't need >8k stack (some might
even work with 4k too), but some do, thus you need to patch the kernel
to provide 16k stacks (this is really bad for other reasons).

Regards: David Weinehall
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