Re: wl1251 & mac address & calibration data
From: Sebastian Reichel
Date: Thu Nov 24 2016 - 13:11:59 EST
On Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 05:49:33PM +0100, Pali RohÃr wrote:
> On Thursday 24 November 2016 17:08:30 Sebastian Reichel wrote:
> > On Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 04:20:45PM +0100, Pali RohÃr wrote:
> > > On Thursday 24 November 2016 16:13:17 Sebastian Reichel wrote:
> > > > On Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 09:33:29AM +0100, Pali RohÃr wrote:
> > > > > On Thursday 24 November 2016 08:51:04 Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > > > > > > "ifconfig hw ether XX" normally sets the address. I guess
> > > > > > > > that's ioctl?
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > This sets temporary address and it is ioctl. IIRC same as
> > > > > > > what ethtool uses. (ifconfig is already deprecated).
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > And I guess we should use similar mechanism for permanent
> > > > > > > > address.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > I'm not sure here... Above ioctl âââ is for changing
> > > > > > > temporary mac address. But here we do not want to change
> > > > > > > permanent mac address. We want to tell kernel driver
> > > > > > > current permanent mac address which is stored
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Well... I'd still use similar mechanism :-).
> > > > >
> > > > > Thats problematic, because in time when wlan0 interface is
> > > > > registered into system and visible in ifconfig output it
> > > > > already needs to have permanent mac address assigned.
> > > > >
> > > > > We should assign permanent mac address before wlan0 of wl1251
> > > > > is registered into system.
> > > >
> > > > You can just add the MAC address to the NVS data, which is also
> > > > required for the device initialization.
> > >
> > > NVS data file has fixed size, there is IIRC no place for it.
> > >
> > > But one of my suggestion was to use another request_firmware for
> > > MAC address. So this is similar to what you are proposing, as NVS
> > > data are loaded by request_firmware too...
> > Just append it to NVS data and modify the size check accordingly?
> First that would mean to have request_firmware() function which will not
> use direct VFS access, but instead use userspace helper.
Permanent MAC is device specific init data, NVS is device specific
init data => load together.
The userspace helper stuff is only needed to get the data from
the NAND calibration area on the fly.
> NVS data file with some default values (not suitable for usage) is
> already present in linux-firmware and available in /lib/firmware/...
You mentioned NVS data is fixed size, so this should be enough?
case IMAGE_SIZE + MAC_SIZE:
/* extract mac */
/* fallthrough */
/* load NVS */
/* fail */
> Also I'm not sure if such thing is allowed by license:
concating data is not a modification, otherwise you can't
put the file in a filesystem.
> > > > I wonder if those information could be put into DT. Iirc some
> > > > network devices get their MAC address from DT. Maybe we can add
> > > > all NVS info to DT? How much data is it?
> > >
> > > Proprietary, signed and closed bootloader NOLO does not support DT.
> > > So for booting you need to append DTS file to kernel image.
> > Yeah, so NOLO without U-Boot will depend on userspace to fixup DT.
> > > U-Boot is optional and can be used as intermediate bootloader
> > > between NOLO and kernel. But still it has problems with reading
> > > from nand, so cannot read NVS data nor MAC address.
> > It may in the future?
> I already tried that, but I failed. I was not able to access N900's nand
> from u-boot. No idea where was problem...
> And if somebody fix onenand in u-boot, then needs to reimplement Nokia's
> proprietary parser of that partition where is stored NVS and mac address
> && make this support in upstream u-boot.
Are we talking about this?
That's ~1k loc for read-only. Getting NAND working looks harder than
porting this to me.
> So... I doubt it will be in any future.
> + no men power
But with that reasoning you should just extract the NVS data
from NAND and put it in your rootfs.
> > > > Userspace application can add all those information to the DT
> > > > using a DT overlay. Also the u-boot could parse and add it at
> > > > some point in the future.
> > >
> > > In case when wl1251 is statically linked into kernel image, it is
> > > loaded and initialized before even userspace applications starts.
> > >
> > > So no... adding NVS data or MAC address into DT or DT overlay is
> > > not a solution.
> > Actually with data loaded from DT you *can* load data quite early in
> > the boot process, while your suggestions always require userspace.
> > So you argument against yourself?
> You cannot add DTS in uboot (no support).
AFAIK that's supported:
"Note that U-Boot makes some automatic modifications to the blob
before passing it to the kernel - mainly adding and modifying
information that is learnt at run-time."
> And if you modify DTS on running kernel from userspace, then it is
> too late when wl1251 is statically linked into kernel image.
> wl1251 will not wait until some userspace modify DTS and add data...
if (nvs info missing)
> But request_firmware() in fallback mode *can* wait for userspace so
> wl1251 can postpone its operation until mdev/udev/whatever starts
> listening for events and push needed firmware data to kernel.
As you said one workaround is waiting. That's not a solution, that
only works with request_firmware().
> So no, there is no argument against... request_firmware() in fallback
> mode with userspace helper is by design blocking and waiting for
> userspace. But waiting for some change in DTS in kernel is just
I would just mark the wlan device with status = "disabled" and
enable it in the overlay together with adding the NVS & MAC info.
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