Re: firmware: new "platform microcode" warning in v3.13-rc1+
From: Takashi Iwai
Date: Tue Dec 24 2013 - 09:32:23 EST
At Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:15:09 +0800,
Ming Lei wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM, Paul Bolle <pebolle@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > 0) Booting v3.13-rc1 and v3.13-rc2 triggers two new warnings on an
> > (outdated, I'm afraid) ThinkPad X41:
> > [...]
> > <6>[ 16.746119] libipw: 802.11 data/management/control stack, git-1.1.13
> > <6>[ 16.746125] libipw: Copyright (C) 2004-2005 Intel Corporation <jketreno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > <4>[ 16.761998] platform microcode: Direct firmware load failed with error -2
> > <4>[ 16.762022] platform microcode: Falling back to user helper
> > <6>[ 16.787885] ipw2200: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200/2915 Network Driver, 1.2.2kmprq
> > <6>[ 16.787895] ipw2200: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
> > <6>[ 16.788741] ipw2200: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
> > [...]
> > (I've added the surrounding lines because they suggest this is about the
> > firmware for that wireless device. Please note that this device appears
> > to work no worse than it did under v3.12.)
> > 1) These warnings can be traced back to commit 3e358ac2bb5b ("firmware:
> > Be a bit more verbose about direct firmware loading failure").
> Yes, the warning was introduced in the commit since Neil thought it
> is needed.
The current behavior isn't much useful as is, unfortunately. It just
warns that the firmware loading failed, but it doesn't tell you
*which* firmware failed.
> > 2) Is there something I'm supposed to do to silence these warnings? If
> > so, what would that be? If not, can these messages perhaps be downgraded
> > to dev_info or dev_notice?
> Currently the messages are dumped via dev_warn(), and it is a bit difficult
> to make policy about the warning: sounds like Neil need them, and you
> don't like them, :-)
IMO, dev_warning() is too much in a case like Intel wifi driver. It
retries with different firmware revision when the latest firmware
doesn't exist, so the missing firmware isn't always a problem.
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