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Date:   Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:04:56 +0100
From:   Pali Rohár <pali.rohar@...il.com>
To:     Pavel Machek <pavel@....cz>
Cc:     Arend Van Spriel <arend.vanspriel@...adcom.com>,
        Ming Lei <ming.lei@...onical.com>,
        "Luis R. Rodriguez" <mcgrof@...nel.org>,
        "Greg Kroah-Hartman" <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>,
        Kalle Valo <kvalo@...eaurora.org>,
        David Gnedt <david.gnedt@...izone.at>,
        Michal Kazior <michal.kazior@...to.com>,
        Daniel Wagner <wagi@...om.org>,
        Tony Lindgren <tony@...mide.com>,
        Sebastian Reichel <sre@...nel.org>,
        Ivaylo Dimitrov <ivo.g.dimitrov.75@...il.com>,
        Aaro Koskinen <aaro.koskinen@....fi>,
        Grazvydas Ignotas <notasas@...il.com>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-wireless@...r.kernel.org,
        netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/6] wl1251: Use request_firmware_prefer_user() for loading NVS calibration data

On Monday 26 December 2016 16:43:53 Pavel Machek wrote:
> Hi!
> 
> > > > NVS calibration data for wl1251 are model specific. Every one
> > > > device with wl1251 chip has different and calibrated in
> > > > factory.
> > > > 
> > > > Not all wl1251 chips have own EEPROM where are calibration data
> > > > stored. And in that case there is no "standard" place. Every
> > > > device has stored them on different place (some in rootfs file,
> > > > some in dedicated nand partition, some in another proprietary
> > > > structure).
> > > > 
> > > > Kernel wl1251 driver cannot support every one different storage
> > > > decided by device manufacture so it will use
> > > > request_firmware_prefer_user() call for loading NVS calibration
> > > > data and userspace helper will be responsible to prepare
> > > > correct data.
> > > 
> > > Responding to this patch as it provides a lot of context to
> > > discuss. As you might have gathered from earlier discussions I
> > > am not a fan of using user-space helper. I can agree that the
> > > kernel driver, wl1251 in this case, should be agnostic to
> > > platform specific details regarding storage solutions and the
> > > firmware api should hide that. However, it seems your only
> > > solution is adding user-space to the mix and changing the api
> > > towards that. Can we solve it without user-space help?
> > 
> > Without userspace helper it means that userspace helper code must
> > be integrated into kernel.
> > 
> > So what is userspace helper doing?
> > 
> > 1) Read MAC address from CAL
> > 2) Read NVS data from CAL
> > 3) Modify MAC address in memory NVS data (new for this patch
> > series) 4) Modify in memory NVS data if we in FCC country
> > 
> > Checking for country is done via dbus call to either Maemo cellular
> > daemon or alternatively via REGDOMAIN in /etc/default/crda. I have
> > plan to use ofono (instead Maemo cellular daemon) too...
> > 
> > Currently we are using closed Nokia proprietary CAL library.
> > 
> > Steps 1) and 2) needs closed library, step 4) needs dbus call.
> 
> I guess pointer to the source code implementing this would be
> welcome.

Here is current code: https://github.com/community-ssu/wl1251-cal

(there is implemented also Maemo netlink interface)

> > > But on other devices that use wl1251, but for instance have no
> > > userspace helper the request to userspace will fail (after 60
> > > sec?) and try VFS after that. Maybe not so nice.
> > 
> > Currently support for those devices is broken (like for N900) as
> > without proper NVS data they do not work correctly...
> 
> Is it expected to work at all, perhaps with degraded performance /
> range? Because it seems to work for me.

Yes, some degraded performance or problems with connecting is expected. 
And random MAC address at every boot. Plus some regulatory problems in 
FCC countries.

-- 
Pali Rohár
pali.rohar@...il.com

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