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SubjectRe: tristate and bool not enogh for Kconfig anymore
Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 05:27:51PM +0600, Alexander E. Patrakov wrote:
>> Yes, there is a call to usermodehelper_init() before the initcalls in
>> do_basic_setup(), this does mean that firmware can be loaded by means of
>> the old and obsolete /sbin/hotplug mechanism, but who has /sbin/hotplug now?
> I do. We're not going to cripple the kernel just because you use <censored> userspace.
AFAIK, there were good reasons (effect similar to fork bomb on a system
with large number of, e.g., SCSI disks - Greg KH obviously knows more
details) to drop /sbin/hotplug from all distributions in favour of udev.
Anyway, the "hotplug" package is no longer supported by its author. So
there is no option to use a non-<censored> from your viewpoint but still
supported-upstream userspace.

As already mentioned in a different subthread, the solution is to wait
for the firmware in the background, so that the built-in case also
starts working. Drivers that don't do this (e.g. qla2xxx) must be fixed,
but for now, IMHO, it does make sense to mark them as non-working in the
non-modular case.

Alexander E. Patrakov
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