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    SubjectLoading 3rd-party module in 2.5.59

    I'm currently helping port a "half open source, half closed
    source" winmodem driver from 2.4 to 2.5.59 (at

    The problem I'm facing is that since the kernel build process and the
    module infrastructure was changed the driver refuses to load.

    I'm currently building the open source part using a makefile with
    something like:

    obj-m := modem.o

    This then needs to be linked with the closed source object file, like so:

    ld -m elf_i386 -r -o modem_module.o modem.o closed_src.o

    Next, I attempt to load modem_module.o with insmod (having installed
    Rusty's module-init-tools) and I get '-1: invalid module format'

    If I try to load modem.o by itself I get 'unresolved symbols' messages but
    that's because it needs the closed source part...(but it seems to at least
    be in the right format)

    What am I doing wrong? Also what is the correct way to load a closed
    source object file in 2.5.59?

    Do I need to get the closed source manufacturer to compile me a new module
    under 2.5 for it to be the correct format?

    Hope you can help (and please cc me a response if you can)

    Paul Marinceu

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