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SubjectRe: Persistent module storage [was Linux 2.4 Status / TODO page]
Alan Cox wrote:
> Add a 'preserved' tag for one section of module memory. On load look up the
> data, if its from this boot memcpy it into the module. On unload write it
> back to disk. No kernel code needed.

I like! No kernel code, yet no races or delay.

As written that removes the possibilities of variable length persistant
data, and the data is opaque to user space.

MODULE_PARM provides type information and structure to the data. Why
not mark certain PARMS as persistent? Not all would be named -- a block
of opaque data is useful. But certain things like all the mixer levels
could be named parameters, giving you both persistant storage _and_
explicit configuration when you want that. "s" PARMS (or similar)
can hold variable length data.

-- Jamie
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