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Re: why are the watchdog drivers blacklisted?

On Fri, Feb 05, 2010 at 10:11:25AM +0100, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> [Marco d'Itri]

> > I maintain the package providing it, but I fear it is the result of
> > cargo cult sysadmining.  A driver will not engage the watchdog
> > anyway until /dev/watchdog is opened.

> If I remember correctly, the reason is that the observed behaviour is
> that a driver sometimes will engage the watchdog without /dev/watchdog
> is opened, triggered by one driver starting without anyone touching
> /dev/watchdog.  This caused the installer to stop after 1 minute.  I
> do not remember any more details.  This was discovered a few years
> ago, and I hope that crazy driver has been fixed in the mean time.

That's just a buggy watchdog driver, though (unless the problem was
really that the watchdog was already enabled by the hardware prior to
startup, but then not loading the driver isn't going to help anything).

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