Re: [PATCH v6 2/5] efi: Add embedded peripheral firmware support

From: Luis R. Rodriguez
Date: Thu Jun 07 2018 - 11:57:11 EST

On Thu, Jun 07, 2018 at 03:46:11PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> On 06-06-18 23:42, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 06, 2018 at 08:39:15PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> > > On 05-06-18 23:07, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> > > 2) Should this flag then be checked inside _request_firmware() before it
> > > calls fw_get_efi_embedded_fw() (which may be an empty stub),
> >
> > You are the architect behind this call, so its up to you.
> >
> > To answer this you have to review the other flags and see if other users of the
> > other flags may want your functionality. For instance the Android folks for
> > instance rely on the FW_OPT_NOFALLBACK - the sysfs fallback mechanism to
> > account for odd partition layouts. Could they ever want to use your fallback
> > mechanism? Granted your mechanism is for x86, but they could eventually add
> > support for it on ARM.
> >
> > Checking if the firmware is on the EFI platform firmware list is much faster
> > than the fallback mechanism, that would be one gain for them, as such it may
> > make sense to check for firmware_request_platform() before using the sysfs
> > fallback mechanism. However if Android folks want to always override the
> > platform firmware with the sysfs fallback interface we'd need another flag
> > added and call to then change the order later if we checked for for the
> > platform firmware first.
> I believe we agreed a while back that the platform fallback would
> replace the sysfs one when requested. I believe that still makes
> sense. If a driver wants both it can simply call request_firmware_foo
> itself twice and determine the order itself.

Fine by me, so in your case the syfs fallback will be ignored.

Which gets me thinking that perhaps we should have a separate
syfs fallback call. There are only two drivers that use it

request_firmware_nowait(THIS_MODULE, false, ...);
request_firmware_nowait(THIS_MODULE, FW_ACTION_NOHOTPLUG, ...)


The above revelation of the async call being data driven is a good
opportunity to break that tradition to the more preferred functional
one. And so we'd also get rid of the FW_ACTION_NOHOTPLUG option
all together.

So a new firmware_request_sysfs_async() I suppose.