David Henderson dhenderson at
Wed Jan 12 20:00:18 UTC 2011

David Henderson wrote:
> Andrew wrote:
>> 12.01.2011 20:28, David Henderson пишет:
>>> Andrew wrote:
>>>> 12.01.2011 18:15, David Henderson пишет:
>>>>> So far in my project, I've been loading the kernel modules 
>>>>> (drivers) manually in the startup scripts. This is, obviously, far 
>>>>> from ideal as this will only allow the OS to work on a fixed set 
>>>>> of hardware. I've been investigating how to use mdev to install 
>>>>> the drivers for detected hardware (e.g. network cards). So far, it 
>>>>> looks like I'll have to setup a script that's called by mdev to 
>>>>> process any kernel modules related to the hardware in 
>>>>> /etc/mdev.conf. The problem I've found is that I can't really find 
>>>>> an example of how to do this with mdev (udev seems to use 
>>>>> $MODALIAS with /etc/udev/scripts). I've also searched the busybox 
>>>>> documentation for mdev which doesn't cover this topic. Can anyone 
>>>>> point me to some relevant documentation/example, or provide 
>>>>> something to get me started?
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> Dave
>>>> For cold-plug hardware detection I used simple modalias search + 
>>>> modprobe by aliases (5 lines in script). Works perfectly with full 
>>>> modprobe, on tiny variant of modprobe (which loads just 1st 
>>>> matching module) it fails sometimes for devices like IDE 
>>>> controllers that have 2 or more corresponding modules (for ex., 
>>>> generic ata which matches by device class&etc and vendor driver 
>>>> which match VenID/DevID). You can see it in LEAF v4.
>>> Thanks Andrew.  I'm not familiar with LEAF, and since we're only 
>>> talking about a file that's 5 lines, can you post in a reply?
>>      #autodetection of hardware
>>      MODALIAS=`find /sys/devices -iname modalias -exec cat {} \;`
>>      TMODALIAS=""
>>      while [ `echo "$MODALIAS"|wc -l` -gt `echo "$TMODALIAS"|wc -l` 
>> ]; do
>>      for i in $MODALIAS; do
>>      /sbin/modprobe $i 2>/dev/null
>>      done
>>      [ "$VERBOSE" ] && echo Loaded `echo "$MODALIAS"|wc -l` modaliases
>>      [ "$DRV_WAIT" -gt 0 ] && sleep $DRV_WAIT
>>      MODALIAS=`find /sys/devices -iname modalias -exec cat {} \;`
>>      done
>>> Is there a way to do a "sleep" or "process order" for devices using 
>>> 2 or more modules?
>>> Dave
>> Here is a patch for additional module loading priority: 
>> Or you can switch from tiny to full modutils in busybox (+14kB of code)
> Thanks for the script Andrew!  I'll incorporate it (and possibly use 
> it permenantly) right away.  Also, I am currently using the full 
> version of modutils offered by busybox, so no patching for me! :)

Andrew, I was receiving an error with that script and figured I'd run it 
by you to (possibly) incorporate in your own.  I was getting an "integer 
expression expected" error for the "[ "$DRV_WAIT" -gt 0 ] && sleep 
$DRV_WAIT" line, so I changed it to "(( "$DRV_WAIT" > 0 )) && sleep 
$DRV_WAIT" and now everything looks fine.  My network card is being 
detected correctly, although the IP address isn't getting set (but 
that's an issue with the networking script I'll be working on now).  
Looking at lsmod, I now can see 6 entries (two of them are even 
dependent on another) as opposed to 1 when using mdev and the "fat" 
/etc/mdev.conf file.

Based on the follow-up mail from Vladimir, should this script be 
adjusted to scan, not just the /sys/devices directory, but the 
/sys/block and /sys/class directories too?

Thanks so much for your help everyone!

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