On Sun, 2 Nov 1997, David Densmore wrote:
> Thanks to all who answered my question about vplay. I have a.out
> compiled as a module, and I added binfmt_aout.o to /etc/modules
> and rebooted. vplay now runs fine, so I guess vplay is a.out.
> Strangely enough I had a.out as a module in my previous kernel
> (I started with the same config file this time and didn't change
> the status of a.out from before) and vplay ran without the entry
> in /etc/modules. I don't understand exactly how modules load.
> Perhaps I accidently changed something else pertaining to modules
> when I compiled 2.0.31, but at least my favorite sound player is
> working now.
What I suspect may have happened is that you didn't compile your 2.0.31
kernel for kerneld support - for some strange reason the default answer to
the question "Compile in kerneld support?" is "N"; I suppose this is for
memory space issues - I still think it would make more sense for the
default to be "Y", but that's just me.
Anyway, the reason I mention kerneld is because kerneld is a program that
will auto-load modules as they're needed, and remove them after they
haven't been used for a while. As I recall, the default debian kernel
comes with kerneld support, and I kerneld is by default started at
boottime - therefore, with a default debian kernel the a.out module would
have been loaded as needed, and wouldn't have to be in /etc/modules.conf.
So, if you really feel a need to put your /etc/modules.conf back the way
it was (the memory you save by having the a.out module unload when not
needed is piddlingly small), you can recompile your 2.0.31 kernel for
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