[PATCH] libertas: add sysfs hooks to update boot2 and persistent firmware

Dan Williams dcbw at redhat.com
Tue Jun 3 12:09:11 EDT 2008

On Tue, 2008-06-03 at 11:30 -0400, Michail Bletsas wrote:
> libertas-dev-bounces at lists.infradead.org wrote on 06/03/2008 11:20:51 AM:
> > > 
> > > A necessary rectification:
> > > Firmware updates from the driver are the only method that works
> > > currently. If we want to name one method a "disaster", we would have
> > > to choose the userspace tool, since it will brick many of your active
> > > antennae.
> > 
> > It worked up until boot2 3109; and then apparently nobody at OLPC cared
> > enough to fix the tool after that, and nobody at Marvell cared enough to
> > tell anyone what changed so that somebody _could_ fix the tool.
> > 
> Dan,
> The required functionality is a superset of what the userspace tool was 
> originally developed to do (update the boot2 code).
> We now have a much bigger firmware blob to write to the EEPROM (besides 
> the boot2 code) and Marvell always felt that it is better for the ARM 
> processor on the wireless module to handle that task. 

That's fine, since there is no real difference in the flashing procedure
between boot2 and normal firmware AFAICT, the tool should work with that
firmware just fine.

And a slight correction, but "better for the ARM processor" is wrong,
because it's _always_ been the ARM updating the normal (ie non-boot2)
firmware in this scenario, even if the userspace tool was doing it.


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