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Subject[PATCH 66/79] always enable FW_LOADER unless EMBEDDED=y
From: Adrian Bunk <>

James Bottomley recently discovered that we have
{request,release}_firmware() dummies for the case of the actual
functions not being available and has a fix for the bug that was
actually causing build errors for built-in users with

But now missing selects on FW_LOADER are no longer visible at
compile-time at all and can become runtime problems.

FW_LOADER is infrastructure with relatively small codesize we can safely
enable for everyone, and only for people who really need small kernels
(and can be expected to know what they are doing) it matters being able
to disable it.

This patch therefore always sets FW_LOADER=y and allows users only to
disable it with EMBEDDED=y.

As a bonus, we can then get rid of all "select FW_LOADER" plus the due
to it required "depends on HOTPLUG" which removes some complexity from
our Kconfig files.

Signed-off-by: Adrian Bunk <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
drivers/base/Kconfig | 3 ++-
1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/base/Kconfig b/drivers/base/Kconfig
index d47482f..6318f6b 100644
--- a/drivers/base/Kconfig
+++ b/drivers/base/Kconfig
@@ -27,8 +27,9 @@ config PREVENT_FIRMWARE_BUILD
If unsure say Y here.

config FW_LOADER
- tristate "Userspace firmware loading support"
+ tristate "Userspace firmware loading support" if EMBEDDED
depends on HOTPLUG
+ default y
This option is provided for the case where no in-kernel-tree modules
require userspace firmware loading support, but a module built outside

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