[driverloader] Building driver loader from sources fails for FC5 kernel 2.6.18 + exponentially growing modprobe.conf

Henrik Nilsson nhn at Cs.Nott.AC.UK
Tue Oct 31 16:18:56 EST 2006

Hi Jonathan,

 > you mean that only saving the file with a text editor when the file
 > contains trailing comments is enough to trigger the problem?

No, not a text editor. Through the Fedora GUI tools for network
configuration, as stated in the first mail.

 > If this is the case, then it's very unlikely DriverLoader which is
 > making these changes. DriverLoader will only modify the file when:
 > 1) DriverLoader was assigned to drive a new wireless device by the
 > kernel, this generally happen when the DriverLoader module is inserted
 > in the kernel in most cases.
 > 2) When DriverLoader is uninstalled from the system.

Well, then it would seem that it's unlikely that driverloader is
involved, unless the GUI tools does do a bit of inserting and deletion
of modules. Which they might, I suppose.

 > Since most users are not affected by this problem and we never saw
 > this problem on our systems, it is quite possible that this is a
 > problem in a 3rd party software which is either not part of Fedora
 > Core or at least, not in the base install.

I don't have a terribly exotic setup though. Nothing beyond Fedora
in terms of network functionality beside driverloader. And no
non-standard drivers for anything else, either.

The system in question is a Dell Latitude D600, BTW. Might you know
what systems other users with similar systems are running?

 > You could perhaps attempt to find the problematic software on your
 > system with a SELinux rule for example.

That's a thought! Thanks!

Obviously, since I'm aware of the problem, it's not a huge issue for me
any more. Only puzzling and annoying. Hopefully this discussion will
save other people some trouble.



Henrik Nilsson
School of Computer Science and Information Technology
The University of Nottingham
nhn at cs.nott.ac.uk

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