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SubjectRe: wl1251: NVS firmware data
On Thu 2014-11-27 07:58:40, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 04:22:58PM +0100, Pali Rohár wrote:
> > On Thursday 27 November 2014 16:16:55 Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > On Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 03:43:23PM +0100, Pali Rohár wrote:
> > > > On Thursday 27 November 2014 15:21:44 Ming Lei wrote:
> > > > > On Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM, Pali Rohár
> > > >
> > > > <pali.rohar@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > > > Hello,
> > > > > >
> > > > > > wifi driver wl1251 needs NVS calibration data for
> > > > > > working. These data are loaded by driver via
> > > > > > request_firmware from userspace file:
> > > > > > ti-connectivity/wl1251-nvs.bin. In linux-fimrware git
> > > > > > tree there is generic wl1251-nvs.bin file which is used
> > > > > > by default.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Driver wl1251 is used on Nokia N900 cellphone for its
> > > > > > wifi chip. This cellphone has one special MTD partition
> > > > > > (called CAL) where are stored some configuration data
> > > > > > in special binary (key-value) format. And there is also
> > > > > > stored correct calibration data for specific device
> > > > > > (each device has different data). It is preferred to
> > > > > > use those data instead generic one (provided by
> > > > > > linux-firmware git tree).
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Now my question is: How to correctly load calibration
> > > > > > data from special Nokia N900 CAL partition into wl1251
> > > > > > kernel driver?
> > > > >
> > > > > It is better to let user space script handle the request.
> > > >
> > > > Yes, this makes sense. Implementing CAL parser in kernel
> > > > wl1251 driver would be hard...
> > > >
> > > > > > By default kernel reads ti-connectivity/wl1251-nvs.bin
> > > > > > file from VFS if exists without any userspace support.
> > > > > > If it fails then it fallback to loading via udev.
> > > > >
> > > > > You can remove or rename this file so that loading from
> > > > > user space can be triggered.
> > > >
> > > > It is no so easy... In case when CAL does not contains NVS
> > > > data then we want to use this generic NVS file. And telling
> > > > everybody to rename this is file is not good solution...
> > >
> > > But that's up to your system configuration, not the kernel.
> > > Make a userspace package for the firmware that creates it in
> > > the format you need it to be in, for the hardware you have,
> > > and then there would not be any need for a kernel change,
> > > right?
> > >
> > > greg k-h
> >
> > Not so simple as you think. Some parts of NVS data are configured
> > based on location and cellular station. Data are not static.
>
> Then you need a dynamic program that you control, in userspace, to dump
> the needed data into the kernel. Don't try to do it with "static"
> firmware files. Use the binary sysfs file interface for this if you
> want.

Actually, this seems to be similar situation to fpga programming.

There, it is static firmware for 90% users, but some special use cases
want it more dynamic.
Pavel
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