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Resolving Linux module dependencies

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Resolving Linux module dependencies
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:58:50 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4 (gnu/linux)

In light of <>, I
realized that the naïve handling of kernel modules (à la ‘insmod’) in
the initrd and at boot time did not scale: one had to specify the
dependencies of the modules to be loaded from the initrd and do so in
topological order.

For a moment I contemplated the idea of writing libkmod bindings to do
that, and then realized that using Andy’s ELF parser would get us there
more quickly.

So the recent commits import the ELF parser from Guile 2.1, then use it
to obtain module dependency information in (gnu build linux-boot), use
that dependency information to copy the closure of the user-specified
modules to the initrd, and finally load the closure of the
user-specified modules (à la ‘modprobe’.)

Comments & bug reports welcome!

I was happy to see we could get things done this quickly thanks to the
ELF parser.  :-)


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