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SubjectRe: Linux 3.0-rc3
On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM, Andy Lutomirski <> wrote:
> Well, the man page says that the version parameter is used to find
> /lib/modules/version.  So why not check if /lib/modules/version exists and,
> if not, try the filename?

Yeah, that's the only sane way to see if something is a filename: look
up the file. If you can find it, it's a filename.

It's what 'git' uses to decide between the ambiguity of a filename vs
a commit name, for example. It works really well. And sometimes, when
the ambiguity is not resolvable (ie you really meant a filename, but
there's a version that has the exact same format), then you are
fundamentally screwed - you need some other way to tell the difference
(which could be a simple priority decision - "filename overrides
version" - or it can be a command line thing).

So stop trying to parse the version number, and just see if
'/lib/modules/%s' exists for that (unparsed) version string. Or, if
you want to prioritize it the other way, just check for existence of
the file of the (again, unparsed) version string with a simple
"access(%s, F_OK)" or something.

I really don't see why you should ever parse a version number.

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