Re: Module versioning (was: Re: OFFTOPIC: binary modules, bad idea!)

Michael Elizabeth Chastain (
Sat, 20 Dec 1997 11:36:55 -0600

Hello kernel hackers,

Dominik Kubla asks,

> Hmm, for ELF-based systems, one could try to use ELF symbol versioning
> instead of a hash-code and since that is already part of the current
> binutils it should not be a problem. The question however is if that
> is sufficient for our purposes? Could someone with more understanding
> how module versioning works comment on this?

Module symbols are not resolved by binutils -- they are resolved by
insmod, using symbol names and values supplied by sys_init_module.

Michael Chastain
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