Re: The request_firmware() changes causing problems with make-kpkg

From: Marcel Holtmann
Date: Fri Jul 18 2008 - 08:42:20 EST

Hi Ted,

> Using 2.6.26-git4 and -git6, and with CONFIG_FIRMWARE_IN_KERNEL=y,
> make modules_install is calling firmware_install, which is dropping
> files in /lib/firmware --- which make-kpkg is happily picking up and
> including in the debian kernel package. Which was fine --- until I
> tried to build and install kernel package for -git6, at which point I
> got an error at install time because the second package was tying to
> overwrite files installed by the first linux-image file. Doh!
> Given that Ubuntu's firmware loader already tries to find firmware at
> /lib/firmware/<kpkg> and only if that fails, to load it from
> /lib/firmware, it seems like the obvious thing to do is to add a
> quickie CONFIG option which changes the default setting of
> INSTALL_FW_PATH in the top-level makefile from /lib/firwmare to
> /lib/firmware/<kver>.
> Maybe the userspace for other distributions won't support this, but
> they can simply not use this CONFIG option for now; but it will solve
> the problem for all Ubuntu, and possibly Debian, users who want to
> build their own kernel using make-kpkg. If I cons a patch like this,
> is there likely going to be any objections with it getting merged?

sounds like a good idea to me. I am going to prepare a patch for udev to
actually look at /lib/firmware/`uname -r`/ first to unify all the
distros again.



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