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Bug#989863: debian-installer: Firmware problems in bullseye

Hi Salvatore,

Salvatore Bonaccorso <carnil@debian.org> (2021-07-26):
> On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 06:14:09AM +0200, Cyril Brulebois wrote:
> > @KT:
> > 
> > I haven't uploaded it since I'm seeing iwlwifi requesting what appears
> > to be a debug-only firmware (iwl-debug-yoyo.bin), that's even requested
> > via an aptly-named firmware_request_nowarn() function in linux.git; I'd
> > like to check with the kernel maintainers whether it's expected for this
> > message to show up in dmesg still (given the name and comments in
> > linux.git, I'm not sure it should). In any cases, it's slightly sad to
> > pause and prompt users from firmware files we don't ship anywhere
> > (AFAICT), that they don't actually need.
> > 
> > Therefore, I'm tempted to blacklist this firmware file in hw-detect
> > (i.e. pretend it was never requested).
> This reminds me of the long(ish) standing bug report #969264 and
> #966218.

I must confess I didn't spend time checking the BTS, only the source
code, woops. Thanks for the pointer, I think I'll consider this a “known
issue” (for it to be requested while it's neither needed nor to be found
anywhere), and blacklist that file in hw-detect.

For the avoidance of doubt, I don't recall any major problems with my
wireless connection, at least during all installation tests: one full
GNOME installation at the beginning, and many no-desktop installation
tests after that. I haven't used the installed systems much though,
since I'm working on the installer side. :)

Adding #969264 in cc to chime in: that's still current as of
linux-image-5.10.0-8-amd64 (version 5.10.46-2), both in the Debian
Installer context, and within the installed system.

I'm seeing this in a current Dell G3 15 machine (DELL G3 15-3500 –
3500-1294 if my notes are correct).

Cyril Brulebois (kibi@debian.org)            <https://debamax.com/>
D-I release manager -- Release team member -- Freelance Consultant

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