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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 1/2] firmware version management: add firmware_version()
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On Sun, 2006-07-09 at 14:21 +0200, Martin Langer wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 08, 2006 at 03:49:57PM +0200, Marcel Holtmann wrote:
> > Hi Arjan,
> >
> > > > It would be good if a driver knows which firmware version will be
> > > > written to the hardware. I'm talking about external firmware files
> > > > claimed by request_firmware().
> > > >
> > > > We know so many different firmware files for bcm43xx and it becomes
> > > > more and more complicated without some firmware version management.
> > > >
> > > > This patch can create the md5sum of a firmware file. Then it looks into
> > > > a table to figure out which version number is assigned to the hashcode.
> > > > That table is placed in the driver code and an example for bcm43xx comes
> > > > in my next mail. Any comments?
> > >
> > > why does this have to happen on the kernel side? Isn't it a lot easier
> > > and better to let the userspace side of things do this work, and even
> > > have a userspace file with the md5->version mapping? Or are there some
> > > practical considerations that make that hard to impossible?
> >
> > I fully agree that we shouldn't put firmware versioning into the kernel
> > drivers. The pattern you give to request_firmware() can be mapped to any
> > file on the file system. And you also have the link to the device object
> > and I prefer you export a sysfs file for the version so that the helper
> > application loading the firmware can pick the right file.
>
> Bcm43xx has no helper application to upload the firmware.

yes it does. bcm43xx asks userspace to upload firmware (via
request_firmware() ) and a userspace app (udev most of the time) will
upload it. That app, eg udev, can do the md5sum and checking it against
a list of "known good" firmwares. Voila problem solved ;)


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