Re: devfsd/2.6.0-test1

From: Martin Schlemmer (
Date: Sun Jul 20 2003 - 11:27:28 EST

On Fri, 2003-07-18 at 00:39, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> On 17 Jul 2003, Martin Schlemmer wrote:
> > On Thu, 2003-07-17 at 11:17, Mark Watts wrote:
> > > I'm running devfs on a 2.6.0-test1 box (Mandrake 9.1 with the new kernel)
> > >
> > > Every time I boot, it complains that I don't have an /etc/modprobe.devfs.
> > > If I symlink modules.devfs, I get a wad of errors about 'probeall'.
> > > What should a modprobe.devfs look like for a 2.5/6 kernel?
> > >
> >
> > The module-init-tools tarball should include one.
> Agreed, it should. However, the last version I pulled had zero support for
> probeall, and more importantly for probe, which is somewhat harder to do
> cleanly without having to rewrite the config file for each kernel you
> boot.

Well, it implements probeall in another fashion. Also, you might
try /sbin/generate-modprobe.conf to convert a modules.conf to
modprobe.conf syntax.

> I assume someone will need to write a functional config parser which
> handles these features before 2.6 is seriously ready for production.
> Giving up the ability to find the working module for a device would be a
> step back, and is needed to allow booting with changing configurations,
> such as docked or not laptops, PCMCIA cards inserted, various hardware
> such as printers and scanners attached, etc.

Also, read the threads on the list about udev/hotplug - apparently
devfsd is going out ...



Martin Schlemmer

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