Re: wl1251: NVS firmware data

From: Marcel Holtmann
Date: Mon Dec 08 2014 - 13:50:26 EST

Hi Pali,

>>>>>> On Saturday 06 December 2014 13:49:54 Pavel Machek wrote:
>>>>>> /**
>>>>>> + * request_firmware_prefer_user: - prefer usermode
>>>>>> helper for loading firmware + * @firmware_p: pointer to
>>>>>> firmware image
>>>>>> + * @name: name of firmware file
>>>>>> + * @device: device for which firmware is being loaded
>>>>>> + *
>>>>>> + * This function works pretty much like
>>>>>> request_firmware(), but it prefer + * usermode helper. If
>>>>>> usermode helper fails then it fallback to direct access.
>>>>>> + * Usefull for dynamic or model specific firmware data.
>>>>>> + **/
>>>>>> +int request_firmware_prefer_user(const struct firmware
>>>>>> **firmware_p, + const char
>>>>>> *name, struct device *device) +{
>>>>>> + int ret;
>>>>>> + __module_get(THIS_MODULE);
>>>>>> + ret = _request_firmware(firmware_p, name, device,
>>>>>> + FW_OPT_UEVENT |
>>>>>> FW_OPT_PREFER_USER); + module_put(THIS_MODULE);
>>>>>> + return ret;
>>>>>> +}
>>>>>> +EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(request_firmware_prefer_user);
>>>>> I'd like to introduce request_firmware_user() which only
>>>>> requests firmware from user space, and this way is simpler
>>>>> and more flexible since we have request_firmware_direct()
>>>>> already.
>>>> Why would a driver care about what program provides the
>>>> firmware? It shouldn't at all, and we want to get rid of
>>>> the userspace firmware loader, not encourage drivers to
>>>> use it "exclusively" at all.
>>> Do not remove it! Without userspace firmware loader it is
>>> impossible to load dynamic firmware files.
>> why is this dynamic in the first place. It does not sound like
>> dynamic data to me at all. This is like the WiFi MAC
>> address(es) or Bluetooth BD_ADDR. They are all static
>> information. The only difference is that they are on the host
>> accessibly filesystem or storage and not on the device
>> itself.
>> To be honest, for Bluetooth we solved this now. If the device
>> is missing key information like the calibration data or
>> BD_ADDR, then it comes up unconfigured. A userspace process
>> can then go and load the right data into it and then the
>> device becomes available as Bluetooth device.
>> Trying to use request_firmware to load some random data and
>> insist on going through userspace helper for that sounds
>> crazy to me. Especially since we are trying hard to get away
>> from the userspace loader. Forcing to keep it for new stuff
>> sounds backwards to me.
>> With the special Nokia partition in mind, why hasn't this been
>> turned into a mountable filesystem or into a driver/subsystem
>> that can access the data direct from the kernel. I advocated
>> for this some time ago. Maybe there should be a special
>> subsystem for access to these factory persistent information
>> that drivers then just can access. I seem to remember that
>> some systems provide these via ACPI. Why does the ARM
>> platform has to be special here?
>> And the problem of getting Ethernet and WiFi MAC address and
>> Bluetooth BD_ADDR comes up many many times. Why not have
>> something generic here. And don't tell me request_firmware is
>> that generic solution ;)
>> Regards
>> Marcel
> Hi Marcel. I think you did not understand this problem. This
> discussion is not about mac address. Please read email thread
> again and if there are some unclear pars, then ask. Thanks!

I think that I pretty clearly understand the problem. Calibration data, MAC address, what is the difference? For me this is all the same. It is data that is specific to a device or type of devices and it is stored somewhere else. In most cases in some immutable memory/flash area.

What you want is access to this data since the kernel driver needs it. Do I get this so far ;)

So my take is that request_firmware is not the right way to get this data. Or more precisely make sure that this data is available to kernel drivers. And what I am seeing here is that instead of actually solving the bigger problem, we just hack around it with request_firmware. Now surprisingly the request_firmware loads files directly from the kernel and all the hacks do not work anymore.



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