Re: [PATCH 1/3] firmware: allow firmware files to be built intokernel image

From: David Woodhouse
Date: Fri May 23 2008 - 11:12:17 EST

On Fri, 2008-05-23 at 15:56 +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> > A third set of drivers already use the firmware loader, but can't be
> > used without help from userspace, which sometimes requires an initrd.
> > This allows them to work in a static kernel.
> This makes a lot of sense to me - its small, clean and while I don't
> think its relevant to the PC world it has real clear advantages to the
> embedded space.
> For the embedded case isn't either compressing the firmware or not doing
> the vmalloc/copy worth the effort however ?

For avoiding the vmalloc/copy see my earlier response.

Adding compression would be cute; I did think about that but figured it
could wait for later (actually I think at the time I meant "later" to be
today too, but then I forgot :)


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