[hsflinux] modprobe of hsf modules brings system to its knees

Linuxant support (Jonathan) support at linuxant.com
Thu Aug 19 11:53:37 EDT 2004

Hi Jakob and Josh,

please send at support at linuxant.com the output of 'dumpdiag'. Type the 
following in a root shell:

hsfconfig --dumpdiag

Just send us the generated file located in /tmp ('hsfdiag.txt').
We will try to reproduce the problems.


Technical specialist / Linuxant
support at linuxant.com

Jakob Schiotz wrote:
> On Thursday 19 August 2004 09:34, Josh Green wrote:
>>On Wed, 2004-08-18 at 07:12, Linuxant support (Jonathan) wrote:
>>>we are aware of issues with newer 'module-init-tools' packages and the
>>>modem drivers and we are currently investigating on this problem. In the
>>>meantime, please try to downgrade your 'module-init-tools' package to
>>>one of these versions :
>>Tried both of those versions, with the same problem. Right now I just
>>have to try and remember to remove the modules after I shut down the
>>computer and then re-run hsfconfig to rebuild them next time I want to
>>connect, but this is far from ideal (I'm assuming hsfconfig is inserting
>>these modules in a way that doesn't cause this to happen, would it be
>>possible to do the same order of module insert at boot time?). There are
>>some other versions of module-init-tools that are easily available for
>>gentoo as well that I could try (0.9.15_pre4 and 3.0_pre5). 3.0 was the
>>original version I was using.
> I missed the start of this thread, so I do not know if the problem is the same 
> as the one I was seeing: loading the modules into the kernel (either by the 
> hotplugging daemon or manually) caused the modprobe module to use all 
> available ressources.
> The solution is to remove two lines from the modules.conf file, or, in the 
> case of Linux'es where said file is generated from files in a modules.d 
> directory then from hsf.* in this directory (you will then have to regenerate 
> modules.conf).  
> The lines to be removed are the two lines starting with probeall.  The 
> negative side effect is that accessing the modem device no longer causes the 
> modules to be loaded, so you have to ensure that it happens at boot time.  On 
> my Gentoo Linux laptop the PCI hotplugging daemon does this automatically.
> I am at work, so I cannot check the specific file and directory names, so some 
> of them may be slightly wrong.  In particular, I am in doubt about 
> modules.conf, there is also a modprobe.conf, and I may mix them up.  Just 
> grep for probeall in all files under /etc and subdirectories, and remove any 
> such line relating to the hsf modules.
> Also, please note that hsfconfig will reinsert the offending lines into the 
> files, so you have to remove them manually any time you have used hsfconfig.
> Good luck!
> /Jakob
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