cvs commit: src/sys/modules/iwi Makefile src/sys/dev/iwi if_iwi.c if_iwireg.h if_iwivar.h

Sam Leffler sam at
Sun Nov 20 17:54:38 GMT 2005

Mike Silbersack wrote:
> On Sat, 19 Nov 2005, Nate Lawson wrote:
>> Right, but such an approach won't work for storage drivers like 
>> isp(4). Couldn't you just generalize the approach used by ispfw(4)?  
>> It uses the kld module approach to get the firmware into kernel memory.
>> -- 
>> Nate
> For something like a network driver, preloading the firmware into a kld 
> is a waste of memory.  The exception would be if you were to try 
> netbooting from a iwi card, but that seems unlikely to be a common problem.
> Until someone does come up with the official "FreeBSD" way to load 
> firmware, let's stop kibitzing about this commit and let Damien get back 
> to work.

It's not a question of kibbitzing; there's been discussion about dealing 
with this issue with a general mechanism and not sticking individual 
solutions in drivers.  Doing this would mean not having to answer the 
immediate followup questions like "what about ipw".


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