Re: Fwd: [PATCH] MODULE_FIRMWARE for binary firmware(s)

From: Sam Ravnborg
Date: Sat Jul 29 2006 - 15:44:28 EST

On Sat, Jul 29, 2006 at 08:06:14PM +0100, Jon Masters wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Jon Masters <jonathan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Apr 19, 2006 12:41 AM
> Subject: [PATCH] MODULE_FIRMWARE for binary firmware(s)
> To: akpm@xxxxxxxx, linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> From: Jon Masters <jcm@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Right now, various kernel modules are being migrated over to use
> request_firmware in order to pull in binary firmware blobs from userland
> when the module is loaded. This makes sense.
> However, there is right now little mechanism in place to automatically
> determine which binary firmware blobs must be included with a kernel in
> order to satisfy the prerequisites of these drivers. This affects
> vendors, but also regular users to a certain extent too.
> The attached patch introduces MODULE_FIRMWARE as a mechanism for
> advertising that a particular firmware file is to be loaded - it will
> then show up via modinfo and could be used e.g. when packaging a kernel.
Please provide some inline documentation so users knows how it is
supposed to be used etc. See MODULE_VERSION as an example.
Changelog comments is not enough documentation.

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