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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] bnx2: factor out gzip unpacker
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    On Friday 21 September 2007 19:36, Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu wrote:
    > On Fri, 21 Sep 2007 19:05:23 BST, Denys Vlasenko said:
    >
    > > I plan to use gzip compression on following drivers' firmware,
    > > if patches will be accepted:
    > >
    > > text data bss dec hex filename
    > > 17653 109968 240 127861 1f375 drivers/net/acenic.o
    > > 6628 120448 4 127080 1f068 drivers/net/dgrs.o
    > > ^^^^^^
    >
    > Should this be redone to use the existing firmware loading framework to
    > load the firmware instead?

    Not in every case.

    For example, bnx2 maintainer says that driver and
    firmware are closely tied for his driver. IOW: you upgrade kernel
    and your NIC is not working anymore.

    Another argument is to make kernel be able to bring up NICs
    without needing firmware images in initramfs/initrd/hard drive.
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    vda
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