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SubjectRe: Linux* Processor Microcode Data File
On Mon, 9 Mar 2009 15:34:50 +0000
Sitsofe Wheeler <sitsofe@yahoo.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 09, 2009 at 08:11:09AM -0700, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > On Mon, 9 Mar 2009 14:16:55 +0000
> > Sitsofe Wheeler <sitsofe@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > > The kernel doesn't load microcode automatically
> >
> > it does if you have the right format; the kernel uses
> > request_firmware() for this.
> > The microcode on the intel website is not ready for this yet, but
> > we're working hard to have future drops to be in the new format.
>
> Wow so I was redundant AND wrong in the same email!
>
> What motivated the switch to the generic request_firmware interface?
> Is it just less messy/faster than previous methods?

there are various cases where microcode is needed (for example, when
you hotplug a new cpu); request_firmware() is just the right way to do
such things, and an initscript is just the wrong way

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