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    SubjectRe: [RFC] misleading error message
    David Ford <> said:


    > I want to be able to request information about a whooplesnoople without
    > it triggering a module load request, to determine if it's compiled in
    > statically. I want to be able to distinguish static a static
    > whooplesnoople from a modularly loaded whooplesnoople.

    The running kernel might have been compiled with whooplesnoople support,
    but the module isn't there (or is broken); there are modules (think the
    infamous binary drivers, but the NTFS and ipw-2x00 drivers are fully open
    source examples I use) that can be loaded into "any" running kernel (even
    build them after the kernel was built). A part of the module mechanism is
    exactly for making that possible, so this is not a _kernel_ property, but a
    _setup_ property.

    The only reliable way of finding out if support is there is by using it. Or
    groping inside /etc/modprobe.conf and /lib/modules &c to find out, if you
    are brave. I'm chicken.
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