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Re: SB16 build error.

To: Takashi Iwai <>
Subject: Re: SB16 build error.
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:32:12 +0100
Cc: Jaroslav Kysela <>,,,,, Florian Fainelli <>,, Richard Henderson <>, Ivan Kokshaysky <>, Matt Turner <>, Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>, Paul Mackerras <>, "David S. Miller" <>,
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On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 01:28:03PM +0200, Takashi Iwai wrote:

> > > I have no idea how big the soundblaster microcode being loaded actually 
> > > is,
> > > that is if the reduced size of 0x1f00 will be sufficient.
> > 
> > The files found in /lib/firmware/sb16 are all under 2kB, thus likely
> > sufficient.
> Too shortly answered.  It turned out that some CSP codes (like Qsound)
> can be above that size, it's almost 12kB.  So the size in the original
> code is really the necessary requirement, and the patch breaks for
> such a case.
> An ugly workaround would be to fake the ioctl size.  But this is
> certainly to be avoided, since it has been broken on the specific
> platforms for ages, thus breaking for them would be mostly harmless,
> too.
> > > Aside of that I
> > > don't see a problem - I don't see how the old ioctl can possibly have been
> > > used before so there isn't a compatibility problem.
> > > 
> > > Or you could entirely sidestep the problem and use request_firmware() but
> > > I guess that's more effort than you want to invest.
> > 
> > Yeah, that's another option I thought of.  But it's too intrusive for
> > 3.0-rc6, so I'd like waive it for 3.1.
> Actually the request_firmware() was implemented for some auto-loadable
> CSP codes.  Others need the manual loading, so it is via ioctl.  It
> can be converted, but I don't think it makes sense for such old
> stuff.  After all, it still works with x86-ISA as is.

In userland an empty definition will be used for _IOC_TYPECHECK so there
won't be an error.  So userland already is already using the existing

With a crude hack like

#define SNDRV_SB_CSP_IOCTL_LOAD_CODE                            \
        _IOC(_IOC_WRITE,'H', 0x11, sizeof(struct snd_sb_csp_microcode))

error checking can be bypassed and all will be fine as long as the
resulting value doesn't result in in a a duplicate case value - which it
doesn't, at least not in my testing.

Should work but isn't nice.


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