rcS vs rc.sysinit and a question about kerneld

Eric LAGALISSE BackDoor at wanadoo.fr
Wed Mar 6 15:41:12 PST 2002

Thanks for your detailed answer about rcS & rc.sysinit

About my autoloading module problem, as i said in my previous answer to 
Jeroen Coumans i compiled kernel with automatic loading of modules but 
unfortunatly my ethernet card (netgear FA310txc) isn't started at system 
The only solution i found is to create a line "eth0 tulip" in 
modules.conf OR load the module thru modprobe command.
Personally i'm not satisfied with that because i know kernel can 
"detect" this card and normally load the appropriate module.

>> I'm asking that because i was trying to insert kerneld startup in my
>> brand new lfs box that didn't start it automatically ;-)
>> Why lfs-book suggest to install modutils if we didn't launch kerneld
>> ? I now lfs allow us to build our own linux box but i think also that
>> modules are a great things for all of us .... not so easy to
>> configure if kerneld isn't started. Maybe i'm wrong.
> Somebody already pointed out kerneld is obsolete, that the 2.4 kernels
> have something differnet to accomplish the same: automatic loading of
> modules. But, even if you don't enable automatic module loading, you
> still can use the programs from modutils to manually load modules. Not
> everybody likes the kernel loading modules whenever it needs it.
> Sometimes you just want to load certain modules yourself. That's what
> modutils is for too. 

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