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Subjectrequest_firmware vs. resume (was Re: [PATCH] bnx2 - use request_firmware())
Hi!

> > > The firmware needs to be reloaded every time the chip resets.
> > > You're not saving anything/
> >
> > > See above, you aren't saving anything. The firmware needs to stay
> > > around so it can be reloaded into the card during exceptions.
> > >
> > > That is, unless you want a more failure prone system.
> >
> > Ok so if tg3 always needs the same firmware and always needs it in memory
> > then maybe it isn't a significant candidate for request_firmware beyond
> > the neatness of distribution. I note the firmware hasn't changed in years
> > so it can easily be shipped separately and the one package would have
> > done for all this time.
>
> It isn't just tg3. All the broadcom gigabit chips need this
> kind of handling.
>
> Basically all of the drivers we are pushing back on.
>
> I bet there are other similar examples.

Be careful about request_firmware. Doing it right w.r.t.
suspend/resume is quite tricky: you have to load it from userspace
before kernel starts, so that you can use it during resume...

Pavel
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