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Old 08-24-2003, 10:22 PM   #1
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loading modules

What is the best way to load modules at boot time? I got LFS installed, rebooted, it couldnt find my netcard(Netgear FA310TX), i checked lsmod and tulip wasnt loaded, i loaded tulip, brought the interface up and it worked. Please help a poor newbie!
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I'm not sure about LFS, but in Slack you edit the /etc/rc.d/rc.modules file.
Old 08-24-2003, 11:03 PM   #3
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Just modify a startup script. I believe the path is /etc/rc.d

You should see a lot of scripts that you installed with LFS. I would suggest going to the script responsible for the network interface (I can't remember the name off-hand), and simply add the command to load the module(s) in the "start" portion of the script.

If you nit-pick (like me), you might want to add the commands to unload the modules in the "stop" portion, but isn't extremely necessary.
Old 08-26-2003, 11:37 PM   #4
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Thanks, putting it in the script worked.

Old 09-01-2003, 06:48 AM   #5
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well, I'd suggest a much cleaner way:
put a line in /etc/modules.conf
alias eth0 <modulename>

where eth0 is the interface name and <modulename> is the name of the kernel module you'd like to load, for 3com Ethernet cards for example this would be: 3c59x.o

This option loads the modules automatically when you try to activate / use eth0, thus it's marked with an "autoremove" option (what doesn't make sense for network cards) where the kernel can remove the module automatically when it isn't used to save memory.
I recommend this because it's easier to check /etc/modules.conf if you want to compile a new kernel - most modules you use are in there - than to check every script in /etc/rc.d/init.d whether it loads a module or not.
And, imho, it's easier to play around with modules, let's say if you want to test a new driver.

cu, citro


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