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SubjectRe: The r8188eu kernel module does not depend on the rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin firmware file
On Tue, Aug 02, 2022 at 03:17:58PM +0200, Grzegorz Szymaszek wrote:
> Dear r8188eu Maintainers,
> The old rtl8188eu kernel module, removed in v5.15[1][2], indicated that
> it requires the rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin firmware file[3]. The new
> r8188eu driver no longer does so.
> I don’t know if it should be considered a regression or just a different
> behaviour of the two drivers. I’ve noticed it[4] when I tried to use an
> RTL8188EU‐based card in the initramfs of two different Ubuntu kernels:
> v5.4 and v5.15. In v5.4, the firmware would be automatically included
> when the (old) driver was included, whereas in v5.15 I would have to add
> it manually so that the card actually worked. (One can verify the active
> driver’s requirements using “modinfo -F firmware r8188eu”.)
> If there are cards the new driver supports that do not need that
> firmware file, it makes sense to not automatically include it. In
> general, I don’t know the kernel policy on such dependencies.
> [1]: commit 55dfa29b43d23bab37d98f087615ff46d38241df
> [2]:
> [3]:
> [4]:

Looks like someone needs to add a line to the driver that looks like:
so that the tools will automatically pick it up properly going forward.

Can you make a patch that does this?


greg k-h

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