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Re: some questions

On Wed, Aug 02, 2000 at 09:46:41PM +0300, Tzafrir Cohen wrote:
> On Wed, 2 Aug 2000, David Karlin wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 02, 2000 at 11:28:52AM +0300, Tzafrir Cohen wrote:
> > > 1. When using a network adapter whose driver is compiled as a module -
> > > where does this module get loaded?
> > > I currently added a simple modprobe line to /etc/init.d/networking , but
> > > there has to be a better way. On RedHat loading this module is done by the
> > > ifup script.
> > 
> > Edit /etc/modules to include the name of the modules, and options;
> > i.e. "parport_pc io=0x378 irq=7"(make sure you add them in the order
> > they should to be loaded).Then run "update-modules" and a new
> > /etc/modules.conf will be created.
> This gives the options to modprobe. But when is modprobe being run?

During the boot process.  Generally, grep 'modprobe' /etc/init.d and
look under /etc/rc?.d to see where this script is linked:


...IIRC (without checking) modutils is the primary init script involved,


...it's called early in the boot (rcS.d) process.

> > > 5. Single-user mode loads a whole bunch of stuff thatare not really
> > > needed.
> > > What is the recomended way to load "failsafe" defaults? Using a floppy?
> > 
> > What is the stuff that you don't need?(I'm not an expert on this).
> For instance: networking. Many things can go wrong: A faulty module for
> the adapter, dhcpcd hangs a bit because it can't find a server, etc.
> I can alway load with init=/bin/sh, or from a floppy, but those are not
> aptimal choices.

You can set an init level to exclude initiating networking services if
you wish.  RedHat (IIRC) specifies runlevel 2 as non-networked
workstation, rulevel 3 as networked workstation, and RL 5 as a networked
workstation with an X display manager.  RL 4, IIRC, was skipped.
Generally RL 3 or 5 are default under RH.  See /etc/inittab for default

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