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Subject[patch] 2.4 add suffix for uname -r
A frequent requirement is to rename vmlinuz-2.x.y to 2.x.y-old or to preserve a working kernel. But renaming the image does
not change the value of uname -r so it still tries to use modules
2.x.y, which defeats the purpose of saving an working kernel.

Normally I would say that this is a user space problem but it requires
finding every program that uses uname(2) and every script that uses
uname -r and changing them, not practical (modutils, alsa, pciutils,
/etc/rc.d, mkinitrd etc.). Instead this small patch to the kernel adds
the boot time option unamersfx (uname -r suffix). Rename a kernel
image from 2.x.y to, rename /lib/modules/2.x.y to
and boot with to safely pick up the old kernel.

Objects that "know" the value of uname -r that they were compiled with
will not work with unamersfx. Are there any?

Against 2.4.4.

Index: 4.1/init/main.c
--- 4.1/init/main.c Sat, 28 Apr 2001 18:38:57 +1000 kaos (linux-2.4/k/11_main.c 644)
+++ 4.1(w)/init/main.c Sun, 06 May 2001 16:50:44 +1000 kaos (linux-2.4/k/11_main.c 644)
@@ -405,10 +405,20 @@ static int __init quiet_kernel(char *str
return 1;

+static int __init unamersfx(char *str)
+ int l1 = strlen(system_utsname.release), l2 = strlen(str);
+ if ((l1 + l2) > sizeof(system_utsname.release))
+ return 0;
+ memcpy(system_utsname.release+l1, str+1, l2);
+ return 1;
__setup("ro", readonly);
__setup("rw", readwrite);
__setup("debug", debug_kernel);
__setup("quiet", quiet_kernel);
+__setup("unamersfx", unamersfx);

* This is a simple kernel command line parsing function: it parses
Index: 4.1/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
--- 4.1/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt Sun, 22 Apr 2001 08:26:07 +1000 kaos (linux-2.4/V/c/21_kernel-par 644)
+++ 4.1(w)/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt Sun, 06 May 2001 15:39:06 +1000 kaos (linux-2.4/V/c/21_kernel-par 644)
@@ -574,7 +574,11 @@ running once the system is up.
uart401= [HW,SOUND]

uart6850= [HW,SOUND]
+ unamersfx= [KNL] Copy the string as a suffix on the result of
+ uname -r. Use if you have renamed your
+ kernel and modules from foo to
usbfix [BUGS=IA-64]

video= [FB] frame buffer configuration.
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