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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drivers/net/pcmcia: use module_param() instead of MODULE_PARM()
On Wed, Nov 10, 2004 at 11:47:33AM -0800, Randy.Dunlap wrote:

> >In fact, I do think that all module parameter should be exposed in
> >/sys, and that a '0' in module_param() should really mean 0400.
> >
> >It can be useful to know what parameters have been passed to a module,
> >and I cannot think of a single case where we want to hide this
> >information (and no, security doesn't really apply here. If you have
> >root rights than you can also look into the kernel memory and find
> >out the value by yourself).
[...]
>
> I don't have an argument with most of that, but I am concerned
> about how much memory each entry requires and how useful it really
> is. IOW, if I need to know the module parameters for a module,
> I can probably find that info somewhere else, like in
> /etc/modprobe.conf or a script etc., so why waste memory on it?

The problem is that the information you can get out of /etc/modprobe.conf
or some script is not necessarily consistent. Maybe the module was
hand-loaded using different parameters that the ones in the script.

This is the same issue as with the in-kernel .config. We have this
today because this way we're sure we are looking at the right one,
not an older copy which happen to be in /boot. Same thing for KKSYMOOPS.

Yes, this wastes a bit of memory (quite a lot actually for KKCONFIG
or KKSYMOOPS), but less and less people cares. And those who really
care (embedded people etc) can disable this with a config option.

If module parameters are a memory issue, maybe we should do the same
as above: put all of them into /sys unless chosen otherwise, and in
this case disable all of them, since we can go just fine without
any module parameter in /sys.

Stelian.
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