On 11/16/2019 3:14 PM, Matt Turner wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 9:08 AM Michael 'veremitz' Everitt
> <gen...@veremit.xyz> wrote:
>> On 16/11/19 16:59, Matt Turner wrote:
>>> On Sat, Nov 16, 2019 at 1:06 AM Jaco Kroon <j...@uls.co.za> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> On 2019/11/15 21:35, Matt Turner wrote:
>>>>> On Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 2:20 AM Ulrich Mueller <u...@gentoo.org> wrote:
>>>>>> The package is somewhat redundant, because sys-kernel/linux-firmware
>>>>>> installs the same files. (Same for all other sys-firmware/iwl*-ucode
>>>>>> packages.)
>>>>> Should last-rite all of them, IMO.
>>>> I both agree and disagree with this.  It's the simpler solution and
>>>> therefore I agree.
>>>> I disagree because in some cases I really only want specific firmware
>>>> for specific sets of hardware (especially where space constraints are an
>>>> issue, read: embedded type systems).
>>>> The current linux-firmware package is getting quite big in terms of 
>>>> install.
>>> USE=savedconfig allows you to choose exactly which files to install :)
>> I've never found a good way (yet...) to figure out how to write a fresh new
>> 'savedconfig' if you haven't ever previously emerged the package in
>> question. Does anyone have a good method for this, that doesn't require
>> unpacking the whole nine yards (Megs, Gigs...) first?
> You could look at the upstream git repo and make a list based on that.
> Or, since you have to download the tarball anyway, ebuild ... unpack
> it and inspect.
> Or, use the live ebuild to avoid downloading the same data multiple
> times per tarball.
> Or, if you want maximal bandwidth savings don't bother with any of
> this and install the files you want manually since the files aren't
> going to change.
This last point is not true wrt iwlwifi.  Its filename(s) change with
every other kernel release.  They accept new versions and ban old ones
within the driver.


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