Larry Finger <> writes:

> In commit d86e64768859 ("rtlwifi: rtl818x: constify local structures"),
> the configuration struct for most of the drivers was changed to be
> constant. The problem is that five of the modified drivers need to be
> able to update the firmware name based on the exact model of the card.
> As the file names were stored in one of the members of that struct,
> these drivers would fail with a kernel BUG splat when they tried to
> update the firmware name.
> Rather than reverting the previous commit, I used a suggestion by
> Johannes Berg and made the firmware file name pointers be local to
> the routines that update the software variables.
> The configuration struct of rtl8192cu, which was not touched in the
> previous patch, is now constantfied.
> Fixes: d86e64768859 ("rtlwifi: rtl818x: constify local structures")
> Suggested-by: Johannes Berg <>
> Signed-off-by: Larry Finger <>
> Cc: Stable [4.8+] <>

This should be:

Cc: Stable <> # 4.8

And the plus sign isn't needed as I'll push this to 4.9.

> Cc: Julia Lawall <>
> ---
> Kalle,
> My apologies for letting these bugs to get by my review and testing.

No worries, this is business as usual :) Excellent that you noticed this
so early.

And this again shows that simple cleanup patches are not without cost,
there is a clear risk. Has anyone done any statistics how much cleanup
patches cause regressions? My guess is that in a 5% ballpark of the
cleanup patches have some sort of issues. Of course in this case the
cleanup patch revealed a design flaw in the driver, so in this case it
was very useful.

> As they affect kernel 4.8, please push this patch as soon as possible.
> To reiterate, this patch replaces the one entitled 'Revert "rtlwifi:
> rtl818x: constify local structures"'

Ok, understood. Many thanks for making this super clear for me, makes my
life a lot easier. I'm hoping that this will make it to 4.9-rc2.

CCing Thorsten to get this regression to his radar.

Kalle Valo

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