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SubjectRe: [i2c] [PATCH] update module-init-tools to support the i2c subsystem
On Sun, 13 Jan 2008, Jon Smirl wrote:
> On 1/13/08, Jean Delvare <khali@linux-fr.org> wrote:
> > On Sun, 13 Jan 2008 11:26:07 -0500, Jon Smirl wrote:
> > > On 1/13/08, Jean Delvare <khali@linux-fr.org> wrote:
> > > > On Sun, 13 Jan 2008 10:14:14 -0500, Jon Smirl wrote:
> > > > > On 1/13/08, Jean Delvare <khali@linux-fr.org> wrote:
> > > > > > On Mon, 17 Dec 2007 21:39:37 -0500, Jon Smirl wrote:
> > > > > > > Follow on to: "Series to add device tree naming to i2c"
> > > > > > > Teach module-init-tools about the i2c subsystem.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Can you please explain what this patch does and why it is needed?
> > > > >
> > > > > It generates the entries needed for the user space module tools to
> > > > > work with the aliases. For example modprobe/depmod. It is a standard
> > > > > part of the kernel module system.
> > > >
> > > > What entries, where? What can you do after applying your patch that you
> > > > couldn't do before?
> > >
> > > The drivers you are testing with don't depend on other drivers.
> >
> > They do. I'm testing with the lm90 driver, which depends on the hwmon
> > driver. Both load automatically when the underlying i2c-parport driver
> > instantiate an "adm1032" i2c device.
>
> I don't know exactly what those modules tables are used for. I just
> copied what the other subsystems do. Maybe they are used when you make
> an initrd to know which drivers to copy into the image.

Module-init-tools needs those table to create module aliases in the *.ko
files from the MODULE_DEVICE_TABLE(), so udev can load the modules based
on the device IDs when the devices appear in sysfs.

That's the generic part. How this applies to i2c devices on platforms
without Open Firmware device trees is another question. I guess that's
where Jean gets confused (i2c_device_id got _removed_ last year,
because it didn't make sense (at the time?)).

With kind regards,

Geert Uytterhoeven
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