Bug 54051

Summary: Module compilation for kernel-BOOT
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Peter Bowen <pzbowen+rhbeta>
Component: kernelAssignee: Arjan van de Ven <arjanv>
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG QA Contact: Brock Organ <borgan>
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Description Peter Bowen 2001-09-26 17:10:45 UTC
When building a module for the BOOT kernel, a depmod reports a number of
unresolved symbols.  I tried two different procedures to compile the module:

Procedure 1:
1) Install kernel-BOOT and reboot in to it
2) Build the module as normal

Procedure 2:
1) Boot into a normal kernel (i686 SMP in this case)
2) When building the module, add the following flags to the compile to
override the default build options, as specified in /boot/kernel.h and

When using Procedure 2, I get this list of unresolved symbols from depmod:

depmod: *** Unresolved symbols in /lib/modules/2.4.7-10BOOT/monte/kmonte.o
depmod: 	rwsem_wake
depmod: 	rwsem_down_read_failed

In the past, using RH kernel RPMS for 2.2.x kernels, I haven't had a
problem using procedure 2.  But, using the 2.4.7-10 kernel RPMS, this
doesn't seem to work.  I also tried adding -D__MODULE_KERNEL_i386=1
-D__MODULE_KERNEL_i686=0, but this didn't help.

I hope that I am simply doing something wrong, but I suspect that something
in the Red Hat kernel header magic isn't working properly.

Comment 1 Peter Bowen 2001-09-27 19:26:35 UTC
This bug is caused by the fact that rhconfig.h only checks whether
__MODULE_KERNEL_<arch> is defined, rather than also checking whether it is set
to 1, as the checks for __BOOT_KERNEL_<type> do.

Comment 2 Peter Bowen 2001-09-28 15:24:36 UTC
Final notes:

1) it would be nice if the rhconfig.h was changed as noted above

2) the portable, proper defines are 


if you add the __BOOT_KERNEL_H, then everything works correctly

As there are appropriate defines, I am going to close this as NOTABUG