Re: The new broken world of 2.6, ALSA, and hotplug.
* Riku Voipio <firstname.lastname@example.org> [040331 20:28]:
> Please try to think yourself in the shoes of a newbie. You, as a
> expert/poweruser can easily override hotplugs behaviour to workaround bugs in
> the _kernel_.
Well, I had to help some newbies that were bitten by hotplug. And I
personally prefer to deinstall it on computers newbies have to cope
with, as I as "expert" might now what to do, a newbie is helpless in
regard with hotplug.
> A newbie will not know how to populate /etc/modules .
I don't know what kind of newbies you are talking about. But I found
having a file where one can place names in and a directory with the names
in it and a command called modprobe to try which one it is, to be a
concept so easily that anyone can understand it, that is able to use a
> A user
> wont know which module corresponds to his/her foobar-extreme networking card,
> It should just work out of box. The alternative is to have the same effect is
> to run something incredibly kludgy like kudzu at boot time.
Well, there are surely worse situations.
> We already have an bug (#240582) to have an option to disable pci hotplugging,
> feel free to help finishing the work with it.
> And it's not hotplugs fault that various modules cause crash with
> powermanagment, or drain battery more than they should. We should really
> use more time fixing the problems rather than working them around.
It's not hotplugs fault that kernel modules crashes, or that unloading
pcmcia modules hangs a computer or or or. But these are all problems you
do not have without hotplug. And while I agree the problems are really
something that should be fixed, running hotplug is simply a risky
operation, as it exposes one to all those problems. (It's like running
over a street without looking left or right. If the drivers can't
brake it's their fault. But I would not suggest to do it at all...)
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