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SubjectRe: The advantage of modules?
On Sat, Jan 06, 2001 at 11:02:15AM +0100, J . A . Magallon wrote:
> On 2001.01.06 Drew Bertola wrote:
> > My best reasons are...
> >
> > Development: You don't have to recompile the kernel a billion times
> > while working on a driver, you just recompile the module. Also, you
> > can debug, unload, fix, recompile, reload a module to add or fix
> > pieces of it all (hopefully) without rebooting.
> >
> > Practical usage: When I take my laptop on the road I use ppp, so I
> > load it then. Most of the time I don't need it, so I don't load it.
> >
> Usage: I have seen drivers which require params to work, and you can
> only give params if the driver is built as a module (ie,
> modprobe xxxxxx io=0x300 irq=5, etc...) because your hard is not
> properly autodetected by the module.

For many devices you can specify the parameters at boot time if you use
something like lilo to boot.

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