Re: TXEXC [RetryErr] in syslog

From: Rob French (
Date: 2002-07-26 04:27:39 UTC

Thanks for the info.

I tried


but I'm still getting the messages in /var/log/syslog, /var/log/debug, and /var/log/kern.log. Not only that, but in about 30 minutes of heavy traffic, I got about 60MB of log files (20MB in each of the above three files), so obviously there's a more important issue somewhere here.

The AP (which is where the errors are) is using a D-Link DWL-520 PCI card using the HostAP driver in Master mode, while the other computer is using a D-Link DWL-650 PCMCIA card using the kernel Orinoco driver in Managed mode. There are only two computers on the network (these two) and they are no more than 20' apart.

Thanks for any insight.

On Thu, 2002-07-25 at 17:40, Jouni Malinen wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 25, 2002 at 04:31:41PM -0400, Rob French wrote:
> > I get the following message repeated -a lot- in /var/log/syslog:
> >
> > Jul 25 20:29:54 jukebox kernel: wlan0: TXEXC - fid=0x01a3 -
> > status=0x0001 ([RetryErr]) tx_control=000c
> > The link otherwise seems to be running fine. Now, I read in another
> > message that this is at least semi-normal. The two computers,
> > incidentally, are maybe 5 or 6 yards apart, hardly long distance.
> > Anyhow, my main question is how to stop this logging... I've managed to
> > generate quite a sizeable syslog file now!
> Yes, those are quite normal; retries fail every now and then due to
> interference etc. The messages are written at lowest log level
> (KERN_DEBUG) which is not normally written into syslog. You can either
> configure your syslog not to log these or remove the debug logging from
> Host AP driver. Latest CVS version can be compiled with following
> command to disable all PDEBUG messages in the driver:
> This will remove TXEXC reporting and some other messages. If you want to
> get rid of just those TXEXC messages, remove PDEBUG lines from
> prism2_txexc() function in driver/modules/hostap_hw.c (or prism2.c if
> you are using older version).
> --
> Jouni Malinen PGP id EFC895FA

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