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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] microcode update driver rewrite
On Wed, 2006-05-24 at 21:05 -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> On Thu, May 25, 2006 at 11:50:49AM +0800, Shaohua Li wrote:
> > This is the rewrite of microcode update driver. Changes:
> > 1. trim the code
> Hm, but the code is now bigger.
Ok, I'll consider move the old interface part to a separate file as Arjan suggested.

> > 2. using request_firmware to pull ucode from userspace, so we don't need
> > the application 'microcode_ctl' to assist. We name each ucode file
> > according to CPU's info as intel-ucode/family-model-stepping. In this
> > way we could split ucode file as small one. This has a lot of advantages
> > such as selectively update and validate microcode for specific models,
> > better manage microcode file, easily write tools for administerators and
> > so on.
> > 3. add sysfs support. Currently each CPU has two microcode related
> > attributes. One is 'version' which shows current ucode version of CPU.
> > Tools can use the attribute do validation or show CPU ucode status. The
> > other is 'reload' which allows manually reloading ucode.
> Why are you not using the current cpu struct devices in the system?
> Don't roll your own logic for this with "raw" kobjects please.
Not sure if I understand. Using attribute_gropu?

> > 4. add suspend/resume and CPU hotplug support.
> >
> > With the changes, we should put all intel-ucode/xx-xx-xx microcode files
> > into the firmware dir (I had a tool to split previous big data file into
> > small one and later we will release new style data file). The init
> > script should be changed to just loading the driver without unloading
> > for hotplug and suspend/resume (for back compatibility I keep old
> > interface, so old init script also works).
> >
> > Downside. We are using request_firmware. If the driver is build-in and
> > initramfs hasn't udev support, the driver will wait for request_firmware
> > to finish for a long time. But I suppose this is very rare, as microcode
> > driver usually is a module.
> Don't use request_firmware, use request_firmware_nowait() instead.
If it really does matter, I'll. Other drivers have the same issue, and
nobody complains. I suppose it's really module instead of build-in. In
the meantime it's meanless to let the module build-in, as the firmware
usually isn't in initramfs.

> That
> way you never stall. You only want to update the firmware when
> userspace tells you to, not for every boot like I think this will do.
We need update it when suspend/resume and hotplug. Userspace can
manually update it as well.

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