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SubjectRe: Hardwired drivers are going away?
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> On Mon, 14 Jan 2002, Alan Cox wrote:

> > > 1. security, if you don't need any modules you can disable modules
> > > entirly and then it's impossible to add a module without patching
> > > the kernel first (the module load system calls aren't there)

> > Urban legend.

> If this is the case then why do I get systemcall undefined error messages
> when I make a mistake and attempt to load a module on a kernel without
> modules enabled?

AFAIU the security improvement of no-modules are way overrated.

[...]

> > > 3. simplicity in building kernels for other machines. with a monolithic
> > > kernel you have one file to move (and a bootloader to run) with modules
> > > you have to move quite a few more files.

> > tar or nfs mount; make modules_install.

> not on my firewalls thank you.

You keep compilers and stuff on your firewalls then?!

I get them over via ssh or by floppy/CD. Same idea.
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Horst von Brand http://counter.li.org # 22616
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