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SubjectRe: insmod module-loading errors, Linux-2.6.9
Date wrote:
> On Mon, 08 Nov 2004 12:52:18 EST, linux-os said:

>>They simply should not have removed the "-f" option of
>>insmod. It's just that simple. This option allowed transient
>>(possible) incompatibilities so that one could be productive
>>and not spend a whole day reinstalling from a distribution
>>CD because the new modules wouldn't work because somebody
>>decided that their special VERMAGIC_STRING was so ")@*&#$%)"
>>important that they preempted my work. Don't get me started....
> Yes, instead you can spend a whole day reinstalling from a
> distribution CD, and then restoring user files from backup,
> because the new module you just 'insmod -f' had a different
> number of parameters to some kernel call, and as a result your
> stack got smashed and took the root filesystem with it....

This is Linux, not MS-DOS, where the system works for the user and you
shouldn't have to do nonsense like "do you really want to load the
module?" I agree with Dick, you shouldn't have to recompile the whole
kernel to fix a trivial change. If you shoot yourself in the foot it's
your fault, taking away the the gun is the policy of another o/s I won't

-bill davidsen (
"The secret to procrastination is to put things off until the
last possible moment - but no longer" -me
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