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authorPatrick McHardy <kaber@trash.net>2013-03-31 18:10:34 +0200
committerPatrick McHardy <kaber@trash.net>2013-03-31 18:10:34 +0200
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Merge tag 'v3.8' of /home/kaber/src/repos/linux
Linux 3.8 Signed-off-by: Patrick McHardy <kaber@trash.net> Conflicts: include/linux/Kbuild include/linux/netlink.h
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diff --git a/Documentation/firmware_class/README b/Documentation/firmware_class/README
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@@ -18,32 +18,45 @@
High level behavior (mixed):
============================
- kernel(driver): calls request_firmware(&fw_entry, $FIRMWARE, device)
-
- userspace:
+ 1), kernel(driver):
+ - calls request_firmware(&fw_entry, $FIRMWARE, device)
+ - kernel searchs the fimware image with name $FIRMWARE directly
+ in the below search path of root filesystem:
+ User customized search path by module parameter 'path'[1]
+ "/lib/firmware/updates/" UTS_RELEASE,
+ "/lib/firmware/updates",
+ "/lib/firmware/" UTS_RELEASE,
+ "/lib/firmware"
+ - If found, goto 7), else goto 2)
+
+ [1], the 'path' is a string parameter which length should be less
+ than 256, user should pass 'firmware_class.path=$CUSTOMIZED_PATH'
+ if firmware_class is built in kernel(the general situation)
+
+ 2), userspace:
- /sys/class/firmware/xxx/{loading,data} appear.
- hotplug gets called with a firmware identifier in $FIRMWARE
and the usual hotplug environment.
- hotplug: echo 1 > /sys/class/firmware/xxx/loading
- kernel: Discard any previous partial load.
+ 3), kernel: Discard any previous partial load.
- userspace:
+ 4), userspace:
- hotplug: cat appropriate_firmware_image > \
/sys/class/firmware/xxx/data
- kernel: grows a buffer in PAGE_SIZE increments to hold the image as it
+ 5), kernel: grows a buffer in PAGE_SIZE increments to hold the image as it
comes in.
- userspace:
+ 6), userspace:
- hotplug: echo 0 > /sys/class/firmware/xxx/loading
- kernel: request_firmware() returns and the driver has the firmware
+ 7), kernel: request_firmware() returns and the driver has the firmware
image in fw_entry->{data,size}. If something went wrong
request_firmware() returns non-zero and fw_entry is set to
NULL.
- kernel(driver): Driver code calls release_firmware(fw_entry) releasing
+ 8), kernel(driver): Driver code calls release_firmware(fw_entry) releasing
the firmware image and any related resource.
High level behavior (driver code):
@@ -106,3 +119,10 @@
on the setup, so I think that the choice on what firmware to make
persistent should be left to userspace.
+ about firmware cache:
+ --------------------
+ After firmware cache mechanism is introduced during system sleep,
+ request_firmware can be called safely inside device's suspend and
+ resume callback, and callers need't cache the firmware by
+ themselves any more for dealing with firmware loss during system
+ resume.