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SubjectRe: kernel param and KBUILD_MODNAME name-munging mess
On Mon, 20 Jan 2003 19:12:52 +0530, Mikael Pettersson wrote:

> And why does KBUILD_MODNAME change the name like this? A grep for KBUILD_MODNAME
> shows that it's only used in #ifdef and __stringify(). __stringify()
> macro-expands its argument before turning it to a string literal. If this is
> intensional, then its a bug, since it breaks module parameters to any module
> whose (munged) name also is a #define. (I was bitten by that myself recently
> when adding a module param to ide-scsi.c.)
> Would anything break if we made scripts/Makefile.lib set KBUILD_MODNAME to the
> original module name in "", drop the __stringify() around uses of
> KBUILD_MODNAME, and remove the s/-/_/ from kernel/param.c ?
This is what Rusty had to say regd s/-/_/ for KBUILD_MODNAME.


From: Rusty Russell <>
To: Zwane Mwaikambo <>
Cc:, lkml <>
Subject: Re: [BUG] module-init-tools 0.9.3, rmmod modules with '-'
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 11:17:05 +1100

In message <> y
ou write:
> On Tue, 17 Dec 2002, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > How did you get a module which has - in its name? The build system
> > *should* turn them into _'s.
> ALSA modules?
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 170125 Dec 15 00:10 snd-mixer-oss.ko
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 143685 Dec 15 00:10 snd-mpu401-uart.ko
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 312564 Dec 15 00:10 snd-opl3-lib.ko
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 194307 Dec 15 00:10 snd-opl3sa2.ko
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 612512 Dec 15 00:10 snd-opl3-synth.ko
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1160272 Dec 15 00:10 snd-pcm.ko
> But they do get converted when we load ie snd-pcm turns into snd_pcm

Yes, the filenames are unchanged. But if you modprobe snd-mixer-oss,
you'll see snd_mixer_oss in /proc/modules. But rmmod "snd-mixer-oss"
works as expected. Basically, the kernel and tools see them as
equivalent: anything else is a bug, please report.

BTW, this was done for (1) simplicity, (2) so KBUILD_MODNAME can be
used to construct identifiers, and (3) so parameters when the module
is built-in have a consistent name.

Hope that clarifies!
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