why does eth0 require modprobe?
For those of you who have been following with baited breath the
ongoing saga of my boot floppies: I am now loading a kernel from
floppy #1 and a compressed root image from floppy #2, at which point I
get a shell enabling me to mount floppy #3 and copy additional goodies
from it. Having arrived this far, I crossed my fingers and ran
'ifconfig eth0'. This tried to run 'modprobe -s -k eth0', which failed
since modprobe is one of the goodies I don't have yet. My question is, why do
I need modprobe to configure the eth0 interface? Since the kernel gets
a whole floppy to itself, I've compiled all the drivers (including the NIC
driver) into the kernel. No modules. Is there some other way to
associate eth0 with my NIC driver (3c59x.c) ?