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SubjectRe: Persistent module storage [was Linux 2.4 Status / TODO page]
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> I don't think that is reasonable.

I think its totally reasonable.

> The first thing most drivers do is reset the hardware. That inevitably

Because there is no persistent storage to remember the fact the hardware is
running.

> You are depending on the hardware to keep its state -between- driver
> unload and driver reload. That seems inherently unstable to me. It
> amazes me that such is supported.

Well if you want to rewrite the entire module handling and locking so that
mixer levels determine the load/unload behaviour according to AC97 register
combinations and then train users to mute all their inputs before using
rmmod go ahead 8)

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