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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] hotplug-ng 002 release
* Per Liden (per@fukt.bth.se) wrote:
> On Fri, 6 May 2005, Greg KH wrote:
>
> [...]
> > Now, with the 2.6.12-rc3 kernel, and a patch for module-init-tools, the
> > USB hotplug program can be written with a simple one line shell script:
> > modprobe $MODALIAS
>
> Nice, but why not just convert all this to a call to
> request_module($MODALIAS)? Seems to me like the natural thing to do.

I actually have a pretty hackish proof-of-consept patch that does
basicly that, and have been running it on my systems for the past five
months or so, if anybody's interested.

Along with it I also have a patch witch exports the module aliases for
PCI and USB devices through sysfs. With it the "coldplugging" of a
system (module wise) can be reduced to pretty much:

#!/bin/sh

for DEV in /sys/bus/{pci,usb}/devices/*; do
modprobe `cat $DEV/modalias`
done
(And I actually run exactly that on my laptop, and it works surpricingly
well. (Largly due to the fact that the usb-controller is always attached
below the pci-bus of course, but it really wouldn't take that much work
to make it do the right thing even without relying on any specific
ordering/topology))

With the above in place my system does all the module-loading that I
care about automaticly, and most importantly does so without relying
on an /etc/hotplug/ dir with everything and it's grandma in it (or at
least thousands of lines of shellscripting).

But since the request_modalias() thing seemed as such an obvious thing
to do I have been reluctant to submit it fearing that I must have missed
some fundamental flaw in it or you guys would have implemented it that
way a long time ago? (at least since Rusty rewrote the module
loader). Was I wrong*?

Greg, Rusty, what do you think?

/ Per Svennerbrandt

* I also actually had my kernel add MODALIAS to the hotplug enviroment
long before Roman submited his patch doing this, even calling it MODALIAS
from the very beginning! :) So obviously I've been wrong before...
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