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[Bug 1358966] Re: Broadcom kernel module failed to build [error: macro "alloc_netdev" requires 4 arguments, but only 3 given]


@HugoHirsch: unfortunately, we couldn't get this fix into 14.10. (I'm
just a community contributor, and I don't know that much about Ubuntu's
release processes work (or don't), but it seems to me like it's really
hard to fix things in the current release.)

But fortunately for you, there are three releases (14.04, 15.04 and
15.10) that already have the fix! I just double-checked 14.04's
repository, and it has the updated package:

bcmwl-kernel-source (

So, I think you can either use one of these releases, or just download
and install the deb package directly from the above URL.

(And now I realize your comment was several months ago, and it's only
the robots that decided to change things. But others have apparently
been reporting this on old package versions, so the info is still

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  Broadcom kernel module failed to build [error: macro "alloc_netdev"
  requires 4 arguments, but only 3 given]

Status in bcmwl package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in broadcom-sta package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  bcmwl-kernel-source will not build with
  linux-3.17-rc1 from Ubuntu kernel ppa (Mainline). Tried custom kernel
  as well from kernel archives 3.17-rc1. APPORT ERROR

  ProblemType: Package
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.10
  Package: bcmwl-kernel-source
  Uname: Linux 3.16.1-custom x86_64
  NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia wl
  ApportVersion: 2.14.6-0ubuntu1
  Architecture: amd64
  DKMSKernelVersion: 3.17.0-031700rc1-generic
  Date: Tue Aug 19 19:42:02 2014
  DuplicateSignature: dkms:bcmwl-kernel-source: error: macro "alloc_netdev" requires 4 arguments, but only 3 given
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-07-05 (45 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu  "Utopic" - Build amd64 LIVE Binary 20140703-15:52
  SourcePackage: bcmwl
  Title: bcmwl-kernel-source bcmwl kernel module failed to build
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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