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Date:	Fri, 21 Sep 2007 18:57:42 -0400
From:	Jeff Garzik <>
To:	Denys Vlasenko <>
CC:	Krzysztof Oledzki <>,,
	David Miller <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] bnx2: factor out gzip unpacker

Denys Vlasenko wrote:
> On Friday 21 September 2007 20:33, Krzysztof Oledzki wrote:
>> On Fri, 21 Sep 2007, Denys Vlasenko wrote:
>>> On Friday 21 September 2007 19:36, wrote:
>>>> On Fri, 21 Sep 2007 19:05:23 BST, Denys Vlasenko said:
>>>>> I plan to use gzip compression on following drivers' firmware,
>>>>> if patches will be accepted:
>>>>>    text    data     bss     dec     hex filename
>>>>>   17653  109968     240  127861   1f375 drivers/net/acenic.o
>>>>>    6628  120448       4  127080   1f068 drivers/net/dgrs.o
>>>>>          ^^^^^^
>>>> Should this be redone to use the existing firmware loading framework to
>>>> load the firmware instead?
>>> Not in every case.
>>> For example, bnx2 maintainer says that driver and
>>> firmware are closely tied for his driver. IOW: you upgrade kernel
>>> and your NIC is not working anymore.
>> Firmware may come with a kernel. We have a "install modules", we can also 
>> add "install firmware".
> Install where? I boot my machine over NFS, and it has no hard drive.

Special cases already fail when using distro-linked targets like "make 


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