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File conflicts between alsa-firmware and kernel-firmware



I maintain alsa-firmware and the following bug regarding file conflicts between recent versions of kernel-firmware and alsa-firmware got raised today:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=487873

I'm not really familiar with the kernel package maintenance, nor who/what governs what firmware goes into kernel-firmware (and indeed how that is related to the upstream kernel). I had a cursory look at the kernel spec in CVS but that didn't appear to have any relevant recent changes that were obvious.

I did a diff between the firmware in alsa-firmware and in kernel-firmware-2.6.29-0.172.rc6.git4.fc11 and it's clear that although there are some overlaps, much of the audio firmware in alsa-firmware isn't in kernel-firmware.

The current conflicting files are:

ess/*
korg/*
sb16/*
yamaha/ds1_ctrl.fw
yamaha/ds1_dsp.fw
yamaha/ds1e_ctrl.fw

Things that are in alsa-firmware but NOT in the above version of kernel-firmware are:

asihpi/*
digiface*
3g*
ea/*
emu/*
mixart/*
multiface*
pcxhr/*
vx/*
yamaha/yss225_registers.bin
[usx2y, which does something funky so it's not in /lib/firmware]

Either way, it looks like we need to work together on this.

- I'm happy to just drop the conflicting files from alsa-firmware - is
  that the right thing to do?

- Are the above audio firmware files in kernel-firmware there to stay?

- Is there a long term goal to bring all the firmware from alsa-firmware
  upstream into the kernel-firmware package?


Thanks

Tim


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