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    SubjectRe: [GIT *] Allow request_firmware() to be satisfied from in-kernel, use it in more drivers.
    On Tue, 15 Jul 2008 17:57:09 +0200
    Frans Pop <> wrote:

    > Linus Torvalds wrote:
    > > On Mon, 14 Jul 2008, Jeff Garzik wrote:
    > >> IMO the newly added /inability/ to build firmware into kernel
    > >> modules is a clear regression.
    > >
    > > IMO you're being stupid.
    > >
    > > How about explainign why it makes any difference what-so-ever?
    > >
    > > If you can load the module, you can load the firmware. Claiming
    > > anything else is just _stupid_.
    > Sure, in theory it's that simple. Here's a concrete example that
    > shows how things are harder in practice.
    > I use the 'make deb-pkg' target (from scripts/package) to build my
    > Debian kernel packages from git. So that needs to be adapted to
    > include /lib/firmware. No real problem so far.
    > So then I build 2.6.27-rc1 and install it. Great.
    > You release 2.6.27-rc2 and I build it. Ouch! It fails to install, at
    > least if I want to install it _alongside_ 2.6.27-rc1 or other kernels
    > (which I do!). Why does it fail? Because dpkg's package management
    > does not allow one package to overwrite files already "owned" by
    > another package.

    question: how do you deal with this with the dozens of drivers that use
    request_firmware() even before yesterday ?
    the answer is critical in how to deal with this "new" situation as
    well ;-)

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