Re: Why no modules for IDE chipset support?

From: Artur Frysiak (
Date: Wed Jul 25 2001 - 12:05:03 EST

On Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 11:34:45AM -0500, Steven Walter wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 25, 2001 at 11:31:25AM +0200, Uwe Bonnes wrote:
> > Hallo,
> >
> > why are the IDE chipset support driver not modularized? Is there anything
> > fundamental that inhibits using these drivers as a modules?
> They are availible as modules. See "ATA/IDE/MFM/RLL support," which is
> a tristate. If you select that as a module, then all the chipsets you
> select for support later will be compiled into one large module.
> This is probably a bad idea, though, because if you compile IDE support
> as a module, you will not be able to mount your root partition if it is
> on an IDE disk.

This is not true. If you use initrd and load ide-mod, ide-probe-mod and
ide-disk modules on it then you may mount yours root partition.
For eg. we (PLD have modular ide, scsi, reiserfs and
ext2 (sic!). Small tool called geninitrd make initrd based on
information from /etc/fstab, /etc/modules.conf and other configuration
You may grab geninitrd from


Artur Frysiak
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