Craig Colton meerkats at
Fri Feb 27 17:05:57 PST 2004

On Thursday 26 February 2004 05:52 pm, Albert wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 14:41:31 -0500
> Craig Colton <meerkats at> wrote:
> <snip>
> > > My understanding was that the only resource lost is a little memory.
> > > You still retain all the flexibility of modules.  You can manually
> > > unload and load for testing and debugging.  But the big difference
> > > from "built in" is that you don't have to mess with a working
> > > kernel.
> >
> > Surely the author of the statement above didn't advise the reader to
> > use a start up script to test or debug modules.
> No. What gave you that impression?
> BTW, the author of the CD Writing HOWTO referenced in the BLFS book
> offers the same option as the author of the "goofy krap" :
> "There are several ways to load the modules next time you start up your
> Linux system:
> (1) Put the relevant insmod command into the startup sequence
>     (a shell script named rc.local or equivalent).
> (2a) Run kerneld or kmod and
> (2b) configure them in /etc/modules.conf (to be more precise,you
> configure the utility modprobe, which is called by the daemons)"
In my humble opinion, calling modules using insmod in a startup script is a 
poor alternative, and for all practical purposes holds no advantages to using 


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