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SubjectRe: drivers/usb/misc/emi*.c have the biggest data objects in the whole tree
Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> Hi Tapio,
>
> You are the author of these files. Are you still maintaining them?

His newer email address that I found with Google is dead, too.

> These two object files hold the biggest data objects in the whole
> Linux kernel
>
> Basically, these are big arrays of the following structures:
>
> typedef struct _INTEL_HEX_RECORD
> {
> __u32 length;
> __u32 address;
> __u32 type;
> __u8 data[MAX_INTEL_HEX_RECORD_LENGTH];
> } INTEL_HEX_RECORD;
>
> I suggest the following optimizations:
>
> Change structure to
>
> typedef struct _INTEL_HEX_RECORD
> {
> __u8 type;
> __u8 length;
> __u16 address;
> __u8 data[MAX_INTEL_HEX_RECORD_LENGTH];
> } INTEL_HEX_RECORD __attribute__((__packed__));
>
> Store gzip compressed tables and unpack them at load time.
>
> Declare them const and __initdata.

I have a patch somewhere that moves the firmware code to userspace and changes
the drivers to use request_firmware().


Regards,
Clemens

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