[linux-dvb] idea on how to break the static dependencies on demodulator modules

Johannes Stezenbach js at linuxtv.org
Thu Apr 27 00:34:30 CEST 2006

On Wed, Apr 26, 2006, Trent Piepho wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Apr 2006, Andrew de Quincey wrote:
> > This has had the various feedbacks from various people applied - let me know
> > what you think.
> I haven't tested this, but what about using this for dvb_attach:
> #define dvb_attach(FUNCTION, ARGS...) ({ \
>     struct dvb_frontend *__r = NULL; \
>     typeof(&FUNCTION) __a = symbol_request(FUNCTION); \
>     if (__a) { \
>         if (!(__r = __a(ARGS))) symbol_put(FUNCTION); \
>     } else printk(KERN_ERR "DVB: Unable to get function "#FUNCTION"()\n"); \
>     __r; \
> })
> The idea is to use symbol_request, which will try to get the symbol, and if
> it's not there and module loading is enabled, it will try to load the module
> it is in.  You don't need to specify the module name manually, modprobe knows
> which module exports which symbols.  Modules can be renamed, split, combined,
> etc. without having to fix all the module names in the card drivers.  It
> also doesn't call request_module() if it's not necessary.

I just asked myself how this could work until I found out that
the kernel calls 'modprobe "symbol:foo"', and module-init-tools
implements it.
However I think it is suspicious that symbol_request() has
zero users in the 2.6.16 kernel...


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