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

Oliver Endriss o.endriss at gmx.de
Mon Jul 7 04:52:00 CEST 2008

David Woodhouse wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-07-06 at 11:09 +0200, Klaus Schmidinger wrote:
> > On 07/06/08 03:15, Oliver Endriss wrote:
> > > Jaswinder Singh wrote:
> > >> There's no point in this, since the user can use the BUILTIN_FIRMWARE
> > >> option to include arbitrary firmware files directly in the kernel image.
> > > 
> > > NAK! This option allows to compile the firmware into the _driver_,
> > > which is very useful if you want to test various driver/firmware
> > > combinations. Having the firmware in the _kernel_ does not help!
> > 
> > I strongly support Oliver's request!
> > Working with various driver versions is much easier with the
> > firmware compiled into the driver!
> That's strange; I've found exactly the opposite to be the case. 
> If I want to test permutations of driver and firmware, as I've done for
> the libertas driver a number of times, I find it _much_ better to
> preserve the modularity. I can build each version of the driver and can
> test that against various firmware versions without having to rebuild
> it, and with much less chance of something going wrong so that I'm not
> actually testing what I think I'm testing.
> Perhaps I'm missing something that would help me work better? Please
> could you help me understand how you currently work, and I'll attempt to
> make it easier for you. Can you talk me through an example of a session
> where you had to do this testing of 'various driver/firmware
> combinations'?

Note that the v4ldvb drivers can be configured and compiled outside the
kernel tree. Basically I have several directory trees, for example
- v4l-dvb_head
- v4l-dvb_31dec2007_fw2622
- v4l-dvb_31dec2007_fwf12623
- ...

Within these directories you can simply use "make menuconfig" to
configure the driver. If you compile the firmware into the driver,
you can easily freeze a 'known good' or 'known bad' configuration.

Trying a different driver is as easy as changing directories.
This simplifies testing.


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