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SubjectRe: Patch: Fix serial module use count (2.4.16 _and_ 2.5)
On Thu, Nov 29, 2001 at 12:03:07PM -0600, Jeff Randall wrote:
> All of the other UNIX variants I've dealth with behave that way.
> However, you cannot just make that change without having some means
> of identifying that behavior change because all of the linux
> serial drivers have been written to assume that their close()
> will be called even after their open() has failed.

It's not only serial drivers, its everything that is a tty driver.
I believe that auditing and fixing that lot in 2.4 just isn't going
to happen - it's supposed to be a stable kernel after all.

> I'm not opposed to such a change in behavior, but at least be
> sure that it's somehow identifiable (kernel version, a define
> set in a header, etc) so that the 3rd party drivers have a means
> to identify the change.

eg, #if KERNEL_VERSION >= LINUX_VERSION(2,5,0)

> Redhat 7.1 included that behavior change in the kernel they shipped
> and it caused no end of problems for those of us that were doing
> serial drivers since there was no way to easily identify that the
> patch had been included.

The change which adds the MOD_DEC_USE_COUNT stuff is bogus, and it
shouldn't have been made. (I'm assuming this is what you're talking
about).

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Russell King (rmk@arm.linux.org.uk) The developer of ARM Linux
http://www.arm.linux.org.uk/personal/aboutme.html

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