[linux-dvb] [PATCH] Remove fdump tool for av7110 firmware

David Woodhouse dwmw2 at infradead.org
Sun Jul 6 16:48:02 CEST 2008

On Sun, 2008-07-06 at 10:29 -0400, Devin Heitmueller wrote:
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't this also affect those
> distributions that consider kernels with binary firmware blobs to not
> be free software?  Those distributions take the stance that the
> firmware must be loadable by userland, in which case the proposed
> patch removes this capability.

No, it doesn't remove that capability.

We're just observing that the trick which fdump.c uses to turn firmware
into a hex array in C source is obsoleted by the generic ability to
include firmware blobs into the kernel using CONFIG_EXTRA_FIRMWARE. If
we just use the generic method, then the conditional code in the driver
can go away, as can the fdump tool.

Yes, that does mean that it's either in the _kernel_ or in userspace,
rather than being in the .ko file -- but if you want modularity and are
already depending on having a functional userspace, it doesn't seem to
make a lot of sense to have this reimplementation of generic
functionality, just so that you can keep the two parts in _one_ file.


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