Suggestion: improved printk message
b.candler at pobox.com
Sun Nov 24 09:44:17 UTC 2013
I would like to make a small suggestion. Would you consider changing the
"Missing Free firmware"
to something more informative. I suggest:
"Loading of non-free firmware disabled in this kernel. For more
information please see http://linux-libre.fsfla.org/"
I spent several hours debugging a problem with a yfmpci soundcard, for
full details see
I wasn't aware of the linux-libre kernel at the time, and it was only by
modifying the userland helper and finding that the firmware filename had
been replaced with the string "/*DEBLOBBED*/" that I was able to google
for "deblobbed" and uncover what the problem was.
If there had been a more informative message I would have been able to
diagnose the problem much more quickly. I think it the message needs to
mention or link to linux-libre, and also make it clear that this kernel
has *disabled* the loading of that particular piece of firmware - not
that the firmware file is corrupted or installed in the wrong location
(which is where debugging efforts are likely to be expended)
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