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SubjectRe: ipw2200 [was Re: RFC: Starting a stable kernel series off the 2.6 kernel]
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On Sunday 11 December 2005 02:37, Pavel Machek wrote:
> On So 10-12-05 23:30:30, Rob Landley wrote:
> > On Saturday 10 December 2005 02:35, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > On Wed 07-12-05 12:14:25, Rob Landley wrote:
> > > > On Tuesday 06 December 2005 12:51, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> > > > > Just so we're all on the same page, I think there are two sets of
> > > > > unhappy people here... one is the group who want new stuff fast and
> > > > > stable. For the most part that's not me, although I was in the "if
> > > > > you're going to add ipw2200 support, why not something that works?"
> > > > > group. But new stuff is going in faster than most people can
> > > > > assimilate it if they have a real job, so I don't see too much
> > > > > problem there.
> > > >
> > > > My laptop has an ipw2200 but I can't get it to work in any kernel I
> > > > built because the kernels I build aren't modular. I hope to be able
> > > > to work around this someday with a clever enough initramfs (if
> > > > necessary, moving the initramfs initialization earlier in the boot
> > > > sequence), but it hasn't made it far enough up my todo list yet.
> > >
> > > Well, building modular kernel for a test is not *that* much work.
> > > Anyway, if you are going to fix it, fix it properly (by
> > > delayed firmware loading) -- initrd hacks are good for you
> > > but unusable for anyone else.
> >
> > I don't see why that's any less usable than using udev from initramfs to
> > find your root partition.
>
> Why use udev from initramfs?

I don't, but I do use a script that mknods the real root's node based on
running "find" against /sys to locacate the appropriate device name and then
finding the major/minor numbers there.

This has nothing whatsoever to do with ipw2200. It just means I'm not using
the in-kernel root-finder code.

> Just teach ipw2200 to load firmware late.

That's now how I'd fix this. If you want to fix it this way, be my guest.

> Don't load firmware when ipw2200 is initialized, load it only
> when someone attempts to talk to your ipw2200. At that time, you
> should have userland already.

Or I could move initramfs extraction earlier in the boot sequence and never
have to modify any _other_ drivers that want firmware in order to be able to
make them work too, rather than playing whack-a-mole teaching drivers I don't
care about how to hold off on wanting firmware.

> Pavel

Rob
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