Re: [PATCH] ARM: exynos_defconfig: Enable WiFi-Ex as a module instead built-in

From: Krzysztof Kozlowski
Date: Wed Sep 30 2015 - 03:37:55 EST

On 30.09.2015 16:22, Javier Martinez Canillas wrote:
> Hello Krzysztof,
> On 09/30/2015 02:36 AM, Krzysztof Kozlowski wrote:
>> On 29.09.2015 21:42, Javier Martinez Canillas wrote:
>>> The Marvell WiFi-Ex driver tries to load a firmware on probe. So if the
>>> driver is built-in and probed before a firmware is available, this is
>>> not loaded and the chip does not work.
>>> This happens for example if an initramfs isn't used since the driver is
>>> probed before the root filesystem is mounted.
>>> Change the default config since the driver isn't needed for machines to
>>> boot and is more convenient to have it enabled as a module to avoid
>>> requiring an initramfs or to have the firmware built into the kernel.
>>> Signed-off-by: Javier Martinez Canillas <javier@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> ---
>>> arch/arm/configs/exynos_defconfig | 4 ++--
>>> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>> The user-space can always initiate re-probing of device - just re-bind
> It is true that you can force a re-probing from user-space by doing:
> $ echo "mmc2:0001:1" > /sys/bus/sdio/drivers/mwifiex_sdio/unbind
> $ echo "mmc2:0001:1" > /sys/bus/sdio/drivers/mwifiex_sdio/bind

I suppose the unbind won't be needed, because device aborted the
probe... so only one another bind.

> but:
> a) This is not obvious. In fact, I didn't think that possibility
> before you mentioned and I've been using Linux for many years :)

Eh, questionable. Obvious for me :)

> b) This is not something that isn't done automatically by init systems.


> So what users will see is that the driver was probed successfully but
> the firmware fails to load later (since the driver users the async
> request_firmware_nowait function to request the firmware).


>> it. However I assume that driver cannot work without firmware?
> Yes, it doesn't. I explained this in the commit message. Do you
> think it should be made more clear?

No, its OK, I agree.

Reviewed-by: Krzysztof Kozlowski <k.kozlowski@xxxxxxxxxxx>

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