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SubjectRe: [linux-usb-devel] [RFC] consolidate /sbin/hotplug call for pciand usb

> This raises a generally interesting question: When should a driver
> module be loaded?

It is an interesting question, but it is not a kernel problem :-)

> I think it's clear that the answer must depend on the particular driver,
> and that no single scheme involving usage counts (or the equivalent) can
> suffice for every situation.
> Is there a way to let the kernel provide a variety of mechanisms and let
> the device driver (or even the user) select which one gets used?

That is more or less what is in place. There's a kernel aspect to the problem,
because the kernel needs to implement an unload if nothing is bound to method,
as user space cannot do that without a race.


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