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Date:   Thu, 3 Sep 2020 14:47:28 -0700
From:   Shannon Nelson <>
To:     Jakub Kicinski <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next 2/2] ionic: add devlink firmware update

On 9/3/20 2:45 PM, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
> On Thu, 3 Sep 2020 14:37:40 -0700 Shannon Nelson wrote:
>> On 9/3/20 12:53 PM, Jakub Kicinski wrote:
>>> On Wed,  2 Sep 2020 12:57:17 -0700 Shannon Nelson wrote:
>>>> Add support for firmware update through the devlink interface.
>>>> This update copies the firmware object into the device, asks
>>>> the current firmware to install it, then asks the firmware to
>>>> set the device to use the new firmware on the next boot-up.
>>> Activate sounds too much like fw-active in Moshe's patches.
>>> Just to be clear - you're not actually switching from the current
>>> FW to the new one here, right?
> Please answer this.

Correct, we're simply setting it up for use on the next reboot.

>>> If it's more analogous to switching between flash images perhaps
>>> selecting would be a better term?
>>>> The install and activate steps are launched as asynchronous
>>>> requests, which are then followed up with status requests
>>>> commands.  These status request commands will be answered with
>>>> an EAGAIN return value and will try again until the request
>>>> has completed or reached the timeout specified.
>> I think I can find a way to reword that - perhaps "enable" would be
>> better than "activate"?
> I was saying "select". But "enable" is fine.

"Select" works fine as well.


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