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SubjectRe: [RFC-ONT (on topic)] Modprobe enhancement (was Re: "Dance of the Trolls")
On Sun, 11 Nov 2001 16:49:46 -0700, 
"Jeff V. Merkey" <> wrote:
>This is a great suggestion. You should ping Keith Owens (does he own
>modutils, I think so) and make it happen. A much desireable change.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Anton Altaparmakov" <>
>> I think we ought to do the same with closed source drivers. It's true
>> after all... The whole point of tainting the kernel is so we can just yell
>> at users to go and bug the vendor. So the modprobe executable could warn
>> the user "hey, you are loading a binary only module, it can break the
>> system, are you sure?". If the module is autoloaded we don't do jumping
>> through hoops asking questions so the systen runs smoothly.

Modutils 2.4.9 onwards gives a warning when loading tainted modules,
including a reason why the tainting occurred. I will not accept
anything stronger than a warning, that is the Unix way(TM), give the
user enough rope to hang themselves.

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