Re: mainline aic94xx firmware woes

From: Olaf Hering
Date: Mon Sep 25 2006 - 07:31:17 EST

On Mon, Sep 25, Muli Ben-Yehuda wrote:

> The recently merged aic94xx in mainline requires external firmware
> support. This, in turn, necessitates an initrd/initramfs environment
> that includes firmware support to load the firmware. Will a patch to
> optionally include the firmware inline in the kernel and thus not
> having to use an initramfs be acceptable?

initramfs is always in use. Wether you pass in an additional image via
the bootloader is up to you.
Adding the firmware and required tools to your vmlinux binary is trivial

> Also, aic94xx does not compile unless FW_LOADER is set in .config due
> to missing 'request_firmware'. What's the right thing to do here -
> aic94xx selecting it, depending on it, or FW_LOADER providing empty
> request_firmware() in case it's compiled out (the last one violates
> the principle of least surprise IMHO).

select FW_LOADER is likely the right fix.

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