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SubjectRe: Qlogic/FC firmware

> > Other than it's age, I see *zero* reason to remove it from the tree.
>
> Well let me quote from it again
>
> /*
> * W W A RRRR N N IIIII N N GGG
> * W W A A R R N N I N N G G
> * W W A A R R NN N I NN N G
> * W W W AAAAA RRR N N N I N N N G GG
> * W W W A A R R N NN I N NN G G
> * W W W W A A R R N N I N N G G
> * W W A A R R N N IIIII N N GGGG
> *
> * This version of firmware is a release candidate,
> * design verification testing (DVT) has not been completed.
> */
>
> or in simple terms "might lose all your data"

Take this with a grain of salt. It's true that it hasn't passed DVT. But it's
also true that f/w which *has* passed DVT has eaten your data as well.

Almost precisely by definition, if the system you embed this firmware in is
*not* one that has gone thru Qlogic DVT, you should in fact be putting the
warning on yourself.

>
> > >Well maybe, and whats the right way to do that, oh my god I do believe its
> > >an initrd.
> >
> > __init_data
>
> Doesnt work in modules. See previous twice repeated discussion.
>
> As Matthew has noted, we have a source of newer firmware, and because the
> sparc's have this annoying firmware problem it is going to be appropriate
> to add build in firmware as a config option (probably set with def_bool on
> sparc..)
>
> At the time a) I didnt realise the sparc setup was so anal, and b) I didnt
> know about the firmware update.
>

It's not just a question of having firmware updated into flash- which, btw,
companies like Veritas have shied away from getting custoemrs to do because
you *do* have a small but finite amount of risk updating flash. It's also code
that as yet has to be written for qlogicfc (e.g.) that would pull it *out* of
flash so it can be pushed into SRAM (which is what the BIOS code on other
platforms do).

-matt


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