[PATCH 6/9] firmware: print firmware name on fallback path

Luis R. Rodriguez mcgrof at kernel.org
Mon May 7 17:20:55 PDT 2018

On Fri, May 04, 2018 at 10:57:26PM -0400, Andres Rodriguez wrote:
> On 2018-05-03 07:42 PM, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 04:12:02PM -0400, Andres Rodriguez wrote:
> > > Previously, one could assume the firmware name from the preceding
> > > message: "Direct firmware load for {name} failed with error %d".
> > > 
> > > However, with the new firmware_request_nowarn() entrypoint, the message
> > > outlined above will not always be printed.
> > 
> > I though the whole point was to not print an error message. What if
> > we want later to disable this error message? This would prove a bit
> > pointless.
> > 
> > Let's discuss the exact semantics desired here. Why would only the
> > fallback be desirable here?
> > 
> > Andres, Kalle?
> > 
> > After we address this I'll address resubmitting this lat patch
> > along with the last one. For now I'll skip it.
> You are correct. I initially thought it would be useful to know that the
> usermode fallback was being triggered. And for that message to be useful we
> would need a fw name.
> But now that you point it out, this behaviour is inconsistent with the
> _nowarn() definition. We shouldn't have a message in the first place.
> So it might be better to instead have:
> if (!(opt_flags & FW_OPT_NO_WARN) )
>     dev_warn(device, "Falling back to user helper\n");
> No need to add the firmware name, cause we either:
>     a) FW_OPT_NO_WARN is set and no messages are printed, or
>     b) FW_OPT_NO_WARN is not set and we get both messages.
> Yay, nay?

I welcome such a new warning but not for any of the reasons stated.

It make sense if FW_OPT_NO_WARN is not set and only because the fallback
mechanism can fail for a slew of different firmware files, and just getting
informed a failure with a fallback occurred does not tell us for which file it
failed for.

I'll add such a patch to my queue and send it off soon prior to your own
new API nowarn call.


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