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SubjectRe: RFC: modules and 2.5
Does this defeat my favourite module-related gothcha, that the machine panics
if I have (say) a scsi driver builtin to the kernel and the same driver tries
to load itself as a module?

This normally happens when switching to a custom kernel after a fresh distro
install. RedHat (and others, I think) use an initial ramdisk to make sure that
all the modules needed to mount the root fs get loaded at boot time.

If you build the drivers in, but forget to comment out the initrd line in
/etc/lilo.conf, the machine panics because it tries to load the module for
something that is already a builtin.

Make sense?

Sean

On Tue, Jul 03, 2001 at 01:13:45AM -0400, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> A couple things that would be nice for 2.5 is
> - let MOD_INC_USE_COUNT work even when module is built into kernel, and
> - let THIS_MODULE exist and be valid even when module is built into
> kernel
>
> This introduces bloat into the static kernel for modules which do not
> take advantage of this, so perhaps we can make this new behavior
> conditional on CONFIG_xxx option. Individual drivers which make use of
> the behavior can do something like
>
> dep_tristate 'my driver' CONFIG_MYDRIVER $CONFIG_PCI
> if [ "$CONFIG_MYDRIVER" != "n" -a \
> "$CONFIG_STATIC_MODULES" != "y" ]; then
> define_bool CONFIG_STATIC_MODULES y
> fi
>
>
>
> The reasoning behind this is that module use counts are useful sometimes
> even when the driver is built into the kernel. Other facilities like
> inter_xxx are [obviously] useful when built into the kernel, so it makes
> sense to at least optionally support homogenous module treatment across
> static or modular builds.
>
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> Building 1024 | what gives you an education."
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