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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 2/2] efi: an sysfs interface for user to update efi firmware
On Apr 15, 2015 6:20 AM, "Greg Kroah-Hartman"
<gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:52:48AM -0400, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 10:09 AM, Greg Kroah-Hartman
> > <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> > > On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 05:44:56PM +0800, Kweh, Hock Leong wrote:
> > >> From: "Kweh, Hock Leong" <hock.leong.kweh@intel.com>
> > >>
> > >> Introducing a kernel module to expose capsule loader interface
> > >> for user to upload capsule binaries. This module leverage the
> > >> request_firmware_direct_full_path() to obtain the binary at a
> > >> specific path input by user.
> > >>
> > >> Example method to load the capsule binary:
> > >> echo -n "/path/to/capsule/binary" > /sys/devices/platform/efi_capsule_loader/capsule_loader
> > >
> > > Ick, why not just have the firmware file location present, and copy it
> > > to the sysfs file directly from userspace, instead of this two-step
> > > process?
> >
> > Because it's not at all obvious how error handling should work in that case.
>
> I don't understand how the error handling is any different. The kernel
> ends up copying the data in through the firmware interface both ways, we
> just aren't creating yet-another-firmware-path in the system.

If I run uefi-update-capsule foo.bin, I want it to complain if the
UEFI call fails. In contrast, if I boot and my ath10k firmware is
bad, there's no explicit user interaction that should fail; instead I
have no network device and I get to read the logs and figure out why.
IOW bad volatile device firmware is just like a bad device driver,
whereas bad UEFI capsules are problems that should be reported to
whatever tried to send them to UEFI.

--Andy

>
> thanks,
>
> greg k-h


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