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    SubjectRe: build issue #503 for v2.6.26-rc2-433-gf26a398 : undefined reference to `request_firmware'
    On Thu, 22 May 2008 11:52:24 +0100 James Bottomley wrote:

    > On Sat, 2008-05-17 at 17:17 +0300, Adrian Bunk wrote:
    > > On Sat, May 17, 2008 at 11:04:31AM +0100, James Bottomley wrote:
    > > > On Fri, 2008-05-16 at 19:06 +0200, Toralf Förster wrote:
    > > > > Hello,
    > > > >
    > > > > the build (.config attached) failed, make ends with :
    > > > > ...
    > > > > UPD include/linux/compile.h
    > > > > CC init/version.o
    > > > > LD init/built-in.o
    > > > > LD vmlinux
    > > > > drivers/built-in.o: In function `sas_request_addr':
    > > > > (.text+0x33bab): undefined reference to `request_firmware'
    > > > > drivers/built-in.o: In function `sas_request_addr':
    > > > > (.text+0x33c3f): undefined reference to `release_firmware'
    > > > > make: *** [vmlinux] Error 1
    > > >
    > > > There's a slight fault in the stub logic. It fails for FW_LOADER=m and
    > > > the user =y.
    > > >
    > > > This should fix it.
    > >
    > > An interesting question is whether we actually want to have the stub at
    > > all - the compile errors catched cases where someone forgot to select
    > > FW_LOADER at compile time instead of turning them into possible runtime
    > > problems as will happen after your patch.
    >
    > Well, the original intent of the stubs was to have the loader nop if it
    > wasn't available. There was simply one case forgotten (the fact that a
    > modular loader isn't usable from built in components).
    >
    > > Are there any serious use cases where SCSI_SAS_LIBSAS is used in very
    > > space limited environments and without any other drivers that select
    > > FW_LOADER in the kernel?
    >
    > Probably in the future, certainly on embedded OSs used for storage
    > devices. Given the convergence of SAS/SATA chips, it's possible for
    > other handhelds, but I'm not convinced of that.

    Has there been any resolution to this build issue?

    Do we know what we want? then maybe a patch can be done...

    Thanks,
    ---
    ~Randy
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