Bug 111039 - Loading of kernel modules requires -f
Loading of kernel modules requires -f
Status: CLOSED ERRATA
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: modutils (Show other bugs)
3.0
All Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brian Brock
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Blocks: 106472
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Reported: 2003-11-26 11:46 EST by Tim Burke
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:40 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-01-16 12:18:27 EST
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Description Tim Burke 2003-11-26 11:46:41 EST
Description of problem:
Everyone knows that the kernel binary compat is a big deal in the RHEL
family.  (Well, especially for x86.)  In RHEL2.1 there was a change in
modutils to allow partner supplied kernel modules to load without
requiring the -f option.  That was done because the partners
complained that it would introduce too much support load if usage of
-f was required.

The behavior in RHEL 3 as it stands now should be modified to be
functionally comparable to RHEL2.1.  For example, to compare the major
version only, not the EXTRAVERSION if crcs are present.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2003-11-26 12:29:45 EST
Note that there was no change to allow this to work in RHEL2.1; it
just happened to work because of an upstream bug.
Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 2003-11-26 15:29:58 EST
modutils-2.4.25-11.EL will load the modules and print the following:

Warning: kernel-module version mismatch
  loop.o was compiled for kernel version 2.4.21-4.EL
  while this kernel is version 2.4.21-4.17.EL
Warning: loading loop.o will taint the kernel: forced load
 See http://www.tux.org/lkml/#export-tainted for information about
tainted modules
Comment 4 Jay Turner 2004-01-16 12:18:27 EST
An errata has been issued which should help the problem described in this bug report. 
This report is therefore being closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files, please follow the link below. You may reopen 
this bug report if the solution does not work for you.

http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHBA-2003-327.html

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