[ltp] Re: Bug#565789: say what the current Thinkpad BIOS/Firmware should be

linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Thu, 21 Jan 2010 13:29:51 +0800

>>>>> "SM" == Shannon McMackin <smcmackin@gmail.com> writes:

SM> I think it's wonderful that the current version at least knows what
SM> the current BIOS rev is, that in itself is a huge amount of work to
SM> add in considering the variety of ThinkPad models.


Here's my several versions of a reply:

So please have thinkpad_acpi.ko cough up the number -- instead of having
the user do all that work over again -- and in the end he can only hope
that he found the version thinkpad_acpi.ko was referring to... but he
will never know.

So why not reveal it to the user?
Instead of having the user spend hours checking websites to find the
answer. And all along that answer might not be the one the program is
using. But the user will never know, as even though the answer is on the
tip of thinkpad_acpi.ko's tongue, it just won't spit it out, and the
user isn't going to get very far with even the source code, unless he's
an expert. Whereupon he might discover the number the thinkpad_acpi.ko
is using is totally different. But who will ever know unless he's an

It will clearly take the user many hours of research to try a instead of
making him do much more work to find out if it is the same number he
could find on some website, or even a different number or who knows what
number as he won't be cracking the code anytime shortly.
There it is on the tip of the program's tongue... but sorry, "try to
figure it out from the code".