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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Remove module reference counting.
On 28 Jul 2003 12:38:41 +0100
Alan Cox <> wrote:

> On Llu, 2003-07-28 at 01:12, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> > It loads/unloads things like scsi modules and firewire controller
> > modules, but only for hardware actually present in the system (i.e.,
> > you'd probably be loading it again anyway, if you haven't already
> > loaded it.)
> It loads things like floppy anyway, and it loads lots of things like the
> firewire stuff that nobody ever uses because it has to see if anything
> is plugged into them.

And it has to leave them in memory anyway, in case someone plugs stuff in
later. Oh well.

> I guess kudzu could simply do lots of I/O ops directly on the floppy
> hardware to detect it without loading drivers but thats pretty fugly.

Agreed that'd be kinda silly. But I was "educated" earlier that driver
loading shouldn't fail just because hardware is missing, due to hotplug.

Is this wrong?
there are those who do and those who hang on and you don't see too
many doers quoting their contemporaries. -- Larry McVoy
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