Re: Tainted Modules Help Notices

From: Morgan Collins [Ax0n] (
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 03:24:07 EST

> said:
>> After compiling 2.4.11 I noticed modprobe picking up some of the
>> tainted modules that were marked in the update.
>> What surprised me was the PPP compression modules, I didn't use
>> PPP in 2.4.10 so maybe the notice was there in 2.4.10, but I didn't use them so I
>> didn't see it. I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was. BSD compression, BSD
>> license... doh... :>
> BSD-licensed modules shouldn't mark the kernel as tainted. If they do, that's surely
> a bug.
> Any code which is distributed as part of the kernel source tree has a sane, if not
> 100% compatible, licence and shouldn't taint your kernel.
> --
> dwmw2

fs/nls/nls_cp737.c:MODULE_LICENSE("BSD without advertising clause");

Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.11/kernel/fs/nls/nls_cp737.o will taint the kernel:
non-GPL license - BSD without advertising clause

# cat /proc/sys/kernel/tainted

Morgan Collins [Ax0n]
Software is something like a machine, and something like mathematics, and something like
language, and something like thought, and art, and information.... but software is not in
fact any of those other things.

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