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Date:   Mon, 3 Aug 2020 14:13:04 -0700
From:   Jakub Kicinski <>
To:     Rahul Lakkireddy <>
Cc:     Ganji Aravind <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] cxgb4: Add support to flash firmware config

On Sun, 2 Aug 2020 22:42:28 +0530 Rahul Lakkireddy wrote:
> The config file contains very low-level firmware and device specific
> params and most of them are dependent on the type of Chelsio NIC.
> The params are mostly device dependent register-value pairs.
> We don't see users messing around with the params on their own
> without consultation. The users only need some mechanism to flash
> the custom config file shared by us on to their adapter. After
> device restart, the firmware will automatically pick up the flashed
> config file and redistribute the resources, as per their requested
> use-case.
> We're already foreseeing very long awkward list (more than 50 params)
> for mapping the config file to devlink-dev params and are hoping this
> is fine. Here's a sample on how it would look.
> hw_sge_reg_1008=0x40800
> hw_sge_reg_100c=0x22222222
> hw_sge_reg_10a0=0x01040810
> hw_tp_reg_7d04=0x00010000
> hw_tp_reg_7dc0=0x0e2f8849
> and so on.

I have no details on what you're actually storing in the config, 
and I don't care what your format is.

If it's a configuration parameter - it needs a proper API.

If it's a low level board param or such - it doesn't need a separate
flashable partition and can come with the rest of FW.

I know the firmware flashing interface is a lovely, binary, opaque
interface which vendors love. We'll not entertain this kind of abuse.

Nacked-by: Jakub Kicinski <>

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