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SubjectRe: module.viomap support for ppc64
On Fri, 2004-08-13 at 19:40, Olaf Hering wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 13, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > 2) Please modify scripts/mod/file2alias.c in the kernel source, not the
> > module tools. The modules.XXXmap files are deprecated: device tables
> > are supposed to be converted to aliases in the build process, and that
> > is how userspace tools like hotplug are to find them.
> I found no user of the modules.alias file. Hotplug still uses the map
> files. Parsing one big file will not improve performance, but thats a
> different story.

You don't use the modules.alias file. You simply "modprobe vio:xyz^abc"
and modprobe reads modules.alias if necessary (the user can also insert
aliases in the modprobe.conf file, for example). Note that fnmatch is
used, so you can actually use ? and * in your generated aliases.

> A hack for 2.6.8-rc4 is below. Can I read the alias file via
> while read a b c ; do : done < modules.alias ?
> Is b supposed to contain not spaces? What special delimiter chars are
> allowed? The 'name' and 'compat' property can contain almost any char.
> I used '^' for the time being.

Spaces are probably a bad idea, yes. ^ is a little odd, but probably
not a bad choice. You could even use a full: "vio:name:%s:compat:%s" if
you wanted to.

> > 3) I will still accept patches to module-init-tools if required for 2.4
> > compatibility, but they will be going away at some point!
> Noone cares about that old junk.

Shh... Marcelo might get offended 8)

Patch looks fine...
Anyone who quotes me in their signature is an idiot -- Rusty Russell

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