Re: some tiny and dumb questions

Horst von Brand (
Mon, 18 May 1998 11:50:37 -0400

"Thomas 'Dent' Mirlacher" <> said:


> ok, i've to deal with development version of hardware, which means there a
> some firmware releases expected during driver development. this means i have
> to recompile the driver every time i've to download a new firmware.
> AND it will bloat the module itself. so otherwise i'd just pass it from the
> file directly to the hardware.

Why? You could split the module in two: The driver itself (loaded on
demand) and the firmware (loaded once from the init function of the driver)
dumps its payload and vanishes. Or put the firmware stuff into init_data
for the driver, it should go away once the module is initialized.

> ok, if everyone agrees including the firmware into the module at compile time
> would be the ultimative solution, i will quit my questions of how to do it
> my way - i will use the classical way.

Has the advantage that it's not possible to load the wrong file, or get
stuck because the firmware isn't there.

Good luck!

Dr. Horst H. von Brand             
Departamento de Informatica                     Fono: +56 32 654431
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