Re: [PATCH] firmware: Allow release-specific firmware dir

From: David Woodhouse
Date: Wed Sep 10 2008 - 19:15:38 EST

On Wed, 2008-09-10 at 16:05 -0700, David Miller wrote:
> Tell that to every Debian and Debian derived system on the planet.
> To my knowledge, it is only fedora and possibly one or two other dists
> that put the firmware files in a unary /lib/firmware location, rather
> than a versioned /lib/firmware/$KERNELRELASE one.

So every time they upgrade from one kernel to the next, do they
automatically run b43-fwcutter again to make a new copy of the firmware,
for the new kernel?

Or if they use QLogic SCSI cards, do they download a new (but identical)
version of the firmware each time they upgrade their kernel?

It sounds like a daft arrangement to me -- although of course it's
possible for the packager to do whatever they like, by overriding
$(INSTALL_FW_PATH) in their package build.

It's definitely not something we should be doing upstream though.

David Woodhouse Open Source Technology Centre
David.Woodhouse@xxxxxxxxx Intel Corporation

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