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

From: Greg KH
Date: Thu Sep 11 2008 - 09:50:57 EST

On Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 01:29:46PM +0200, Thierry Vignaud wrote:
> David Miller <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > > This isn't compatible with the version of udev that people actually have
> > > installed, today. And it's also the _wrong_ thing to do.
> > >
> > > Firmware really _isn't_ version-specific.
> >
> > 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.
> We (Mandriva Linux) do too.
> Why other distro cannot package firmware separatly for all their kernel
> flavors?
> Firmware are not version-specific.

Yes it is, when it is bundled with the kernel source tree itself.

Why do people not realize this?

This is a real problem for distros, and for anyone who wants to have
multiple kernel versions on a single machine. Jeff's patch fixes this.


greg k-h
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