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SubjectAnnounce: modutils 2.3.22 is available
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ftp://ftp.<country>.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/kernel/modutils/v2.3

patch-modutils-2.3.22.gz Patch from modutils 2.3.21 to 2.3.22
modutils-2.3.22.tar.gz Source tarball, includes RPM spec file
modutils-2.3.22-1.src.rpm As above, in SRPM format
modutils-2.3.22-1.i386.rpm Compiled with egcs-2.91.66, glibc 2.1.2
modutils-2.3.22-1.sparc.rpm Compiled for combined sparc 32/64
patch-2.4.0-test12-pre7.gz Adds persistent data and generic string
support to kernel 2.4.0-test12-pre7.

Changelog extract

* POSIXification/newlib changes. Werner Almesberger.
* modprobe -C did not print probe/probeall. Wolfgang Oertl.
* options statement was confused by /dev/snd and snd. Wolfgang Oertl.
* Report failing module in a dependency list. Original patch by
Pavel Roskin, reworked by Keith Owens.
* IA64 unwind fix. Richard Henderson via Redhat.
* modprobe -c used incorrect keywords for generated filenames.
Reported by Gabor Z. Papp.
* char-major-10-184 microcode. Tigran Aivazian.
* Reinstate sys_oim.c in util/Makefile.in.
* Add support for persistent module data.
* Correct test for unexpected REL/RELA sections. Maciej W. Rozycki.
* Limit stack recursion in modprobe. Kurt Garloff.
* Support MODULE_GENERIC_STRING. Jaroslav Kysela.

Support for persistent module data is the main change. If persistdir
is set or defaulted in modules.conf _and_ insmod is run with option -e
then insmod will read persistent data from a file when the module is
loaded and rmmod will write persistent data to that file when the
module is unloaded. man modules.conf, man insmod for details.

Notes:

(1) Persistent data is not on by default, you must run insmod with -e
to support persistent data. If you are loading modules via
modprobe and you want persistent data for all modules then you need

insmod_opt -e ""

in /etc/modules.conf.

(2) Current kernels do not support persistent data nor generic strings.
You must apply patch-2.4.0-test12-pre7 to get kernel support for
these features.

(3) No modules currently have persistent data. Module writers who
want data to be persistent must make a one character change to
their modules, read the above patch. Even then, the user must
activate the persistent data, see note (1).

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