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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Eagle and ADI 930 usb adsl modem driver
On Tue, Nov 01, 2005 at 01:04:02PM +0000, David Woodhouse wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-11-01 at 13:40 +0100, Duncan Sands wrote:
> > this code looks like a 'orrible hack to work around a common problem
> > with USB modem's of this type: if the modem is plugged in while the
> > system boots, the driver may look for firmware before the filesystem
> > holding the firmware is mounted; I guess the delay usually gives
> > the filesystem enough time to be mounted. I'm told that the correct
> > solution is to stick the firmware in an initramfs as well.
> Why can't we request the firmware again when the device is first used,
> if it wasn't present when the driver was first loaded?

Because the firmware loading can take long, and apps may legitimately
give up opening the device after a timeout.

Besides, it doesn't look logical. An uninitialized device is not
particularly useful for anything but initialization. You don't create,
say, a network device for your ethernet card until you're finished with
its PCI setup, do you?

I think the async firmware loading can do the job nicely, in a generic
manner. BTW the usbatm drivers do it already (wasn't it you who
implemented it? :), long before request_firmware_nowait() was available.
So it's only a matter of tools adjusting, which seems to be going on.

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