On Wed, 2013-04-17 at 03:19 +0100, Ben Hutchings wrote: > There's an error message that's bugging me at every boot: > > [ 5.178355] iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: firmware: agent aborted loading iwlwifi-6000g2a-6.ucode (not found?) > > Indeed, it's not installed; firmware-iwlwifi in testing/unstable has an > older version, and the driver does fall back to that: [...] > More importantly, will the installer complain about this unavailable > firmware file (as in #689416)? I've now tested this, and unfortunately the installer does complain. I put firmware-iwlwifi 0.36+wheezy.1 on a separate memory card, and when prompted for the missing file (under the new filename) I answered yes. Looking at the kernel log, the driver loaded the older firmware successfully. (In fact, I think the installer must have installed firmware-iwlwifi even before asking me this question. Otherwise it would have listed the older filenames too.) It then asked the same question again, and I had to answer no to progress. I see three options: (a) Update firmware-iwlwifi to include the new firmware. Slightly risky as our users haven't been testing it. (b Change the driver to request firmware ABI 5 then 4. Trivial code change, and only has a negative effect for users that installed firmware-iwlwifi from experimental. (c) Change the driver to request firmware ABI 5, then 6, then 4. Bigger code change; allows people to use the new firmware if they want it but not if they install the firmware-iwlwifi package (as that will have both ABI 5 and ABI 6 until post-jessie). I think (b) looks like the only viable option. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings The first rule of tautology club is the first rule of tautology club.
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