[flashrom] [RFC] Online firmware upgrade in non-embedded systems
bhutchings at solarflare.com
Wed Sep 29 15:10:50 CEST 2010
On Wed, 2010-09-29 at 14:45 +0200, Carl-Daniel Hailfinger wrote:
> On 29.09.2010 14:35, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > On Wed, 2010-09-29 at 00:41 +0200, Carl-Daniel Hailfinger wrote:
> >> [adding flashrom at flashrom.org to CC, senders will be whitelisted after a
> >> short delay]
> >> On 28.09.2010 19:59, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> >>> Network and disk controllers normally have at least some firmware in
> >>> flash to support their use as boot devices. [...]
> >> Given that the flashrom utility <http://www.flashrom.org/> (GPLv2)
> >> supports flashing many network cards, SATA/PATA controllers, graphics
> >> cards, and of course the main system firmware/BIOS/EFI, and it does that
> >> from userspace without any kernel support,
> > [...]
> > I'm looking for a clean solution, not a hack.
> What would qualify as a clean solution?
One where hardware access is mediated by the kernel, and doesn't involve
unloading or potentially conflicting with the driver for that hardware.
> And is cross-platform code one of your goals?
Not at this level. At the application level, yes, but we already have a
working application so I'm not interested in using flashrom for that.
Ben Hutchings, Senior Software Engineer, Solarflare Communications
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