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Re: Order of loading wired/wireless driver modules in unstable

On Mon, Nov 14, 2005 at 02:54:15PM -0800, Joe Emenaker wrote:
> Pasi Kärkkäinen wrote:
> >And in fact my system now loads 2 different wlan drivers for the same 
> >card, orinoco_pci and hostap_pci.. how can I disable the other? I tried to 
> >add it to skip list of discover, but it didn't help..
> > 
> >
> Hmmm. This same question was asked on this very list earlier today. But 
> then, you're not on the list, so you wouldn't know that.
> One of the changes listed with the new udev packages reads:
>    + /etc/hotplug/blacklist*: must be replaced by modprobe 
> configuration directives.
> Supposedly, you can prevent modprobe from loading a module by adding a 
> file to /etc/modprobe.d which contains:
>  alias drivername off
> So, you could create a file like "/etc/modprobe.d/blockhostap" which 
> contains:
>   alias hostap_pci off

In fact the above does not work. The correct file is
/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist and you need to add lines like this:

blacklist drivername

Now only one wlan driver is loaded. 


> >Is there tutorial/documents somewhere how loading of drivers is handled in
> >Debian nowadays? 
> > 
> >
> I haven't seen one. However, it appears that udev handles all 
> hot/cold-plugging now, and that it uses modprobe to actually do the 
> loading.
> So, udev handles finding the actual hardware and deciding which drivers 
> need loading *AND* deciding what names they are assigned in /dev (read 
> http://www.reactivated.net/writing_udev_rules.html).
> Modprobe handles actually loading the module and any other modules that 
> it depends upon.
> - Joe

-- Pasi Kärkkäinen
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