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Re: [gNewSense-users] KFV: Detecting sourceless firmware

From: Markus Laire
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] KFV: Detecting sourceless firmware
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 12:51:22 +0300
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Peter Lutz wrote:
> And these sourceless blobs will just look like a big string of
> hexadecimal numbers, right?

Not necessarily hexadecimal. They could be any numbers.

> Does this ALWAYS mean its a non-free, sourceless blob?

Not always.

> Are there any circumstances where I'll see a long
> string of hex and it might be something else? I just want to be
> absolutely sure I'm doing this right. :-)

Yes, it could be something else.

There could be source available in some other file, in which case it's not "sourceless".

And it could be a mathematical table (e.g. a list of primes). If such a table has been generated by a non-trivial script, then gNS-project might want to require that we have the source for the script, but I'm not sure about this.

Markus Laire

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