[2008.8][testing][kernel] image and modules not in sync?

Vasco Névoa vasco.nevoa at sapo.pt
Sat Sep 6 10:15:48 CEST 2008

Now in ticket:  https://docs.openmoko.org/trac/ticket/1967

vasco.nevoa at sapo.pt wrote:
> I've followed the discussion about dual booting, kernel packaging, and  
> kernel vs. distros, and the conclusion I reach is that the devs are  
> inclined to use (mostly-)monolithic kernels, leaving just the "extras"  
> out in the sysfs "modules" dir.
> This is fine by me, but there seems to be a little mess here.
> There are modules in the file system that are not loadable because  
> they are already built in.
> This is not a good thing, because it induces the user in error - I  
> thought there was something wrong with the kernel or with the modules,  
> when the problem is just a question of cleaning up the repository &  
> filesystem images.
> If the modules are built-in, they should not be present in the  
> filesystem, IMHO.
> If a user follows the wiki howtos about networking, she may be trying  
> to modprobe bnep for example, and scratching her head because  
> "bluetooth" and "l2cap" won't load (let alone "bnep"). Only after  
> grepping /proc/kallsyms I understood these modules where already  
> built-in. duh! total time loss.
> So please clean up a little, ok? At least the fs images on the  
> downloads server should be consistent with the given kernel. If an  
> update breaks things, that another issue entirely.
> Thank you! Keep up the good work.
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