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Date:   Wed, 16 Jun 2021 05:09:09 +0100
From:   Christoph Hellwig <>
To:     Gabriel Krisman Bertazi <>
Cc:     Shreeya Patel <>,
        Christoph Hellwig <>,
        Theodore Ts'o <>,,,,,,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v8 4/4] fs: unicode: Add utf8 module and a unicode layer

On Wed, Jun 02, 2021 at 08:07:07PM -0400, Gabriel Krisman Bertazi wrote:
> I wasn't going to really oppose it from being a firmware but this
> detail, if required, makes the whole firmware idea more awkward.  If the
> whole reason to make it a firmware is to avoid the module boilerplate,
> this is just different boilerplate.  Once again, I don't know about
> precedent of kernel data as a module, and there is the problem with
> Makefile rules to install this stuff, that I mentioned.
> We know we can get rid of the static call stuff already, since we likely
> won't support more encodings anyway, so that would simplify a lot the
> module specific code.

Well, another thing we can do is a data-only module.  That is a module
that just contains the tables, with the core code doing a symbol_get
on them.

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