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SubjectRe: tristate and bool not enogh for Kconfig anymore
Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 20, 2007 at 02:42:38PM +0200, Henrik Carlqvist wrote:
>> I think there is a need for Kconfig to specify that a functionality could
>> be built as a module or not built at all.
>> Some drivers require that firmware is loaded when the driver is
>> initialized. The kernel has functionalities for this by using a userspace
>> program. However, this userspace program is only usable from modules and
>> not during boot while any initrd or any other file system has not yet been
>> mounted and yet less any processes started.
> That's wrong. You can load firmware from the initramfs even if the
> driver is built in. There is no valid reason why a driver shouldn't
> be allowed to be built in.

Could you please explain how this is supposed to work?

As far as I understand, the kernel initializes all built-in drivers, and
only then starts /init in initramfs (which is then supposed to start
udevd and load firmware) - but that's too late.

Alexander E. Patrakov
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