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On Fri, 4 Nov 2005 15:55:36 -0700
"Dmitri Pogosyan" <pogosyan@...> wrote:
> Absence of autounloading is not a property of gentoo, but of recent
> kernels. Somewhere along Linux people decided that unloading unused
> modules is not that useful :(
> Am I right, actually ?
As I remember it was decided that it could be dangerous to allow
module unloading. The main problem was that of potential for race
conditions. For example a programme might be using a device when
another one unloaded it. Usage counts were meant to prevent this, but
were considered unreliable. As a result the ability to unload modules
is now a configurable option in the kernel, along with forced unloading.
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