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[Bug 1575393] Re: Please disable long-obsolete CONFIG_FW_LOADER_USER_HELPER


Martin - We'll also have to disable CONFIG_DELL_RBU ("BIOS update
support for DELL systems via sysfs"). Is that reasonable ? I don't know
how Dell machines are updated these days.

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  Please disable long-obsolete CONFIG_FW_LOADER_USER_HELPER

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Bug description:
  The kernel has been able to load firmware by itself for several years
  now, and as a result the userspace loading of firmware got dropped in
  udev three years ago

  But Ubuntu's kernels still enable CONFIG_FW_LOADER_USER_HELPER=y. This
  will cause 60 second delays, unless we explicitly signal the kernel
  back from userspace that we don't use an userspace helper (see
  /lib/udev/rules.d/50-firmware.rules). This is a pointless and resource
  wasting no-op.

  Can we please disable this config option by default? After three years
  there's no sign of the userspace stuff ever coming back. It would also
  be high time to change the default upstream of course.


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