Ubuntu autofs and module-init-tools contacts

Ian Kent raven at themaw.net
Tue Apr 14 16:31:24 UTC 2009

Scott James Remnant wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-04-14 at 23:25 +0800, Ian Kent wrote:
>> The change I'm planning on proposing is to remove the autofs kernel
>> module and rename the autofs4 module to autofs. This has implications
>> for older modprobe code in init scripts as a MODULE_ALIAS() can't do the
>> whole job and an alias will need to be added to the module-init-tools
>> configuration. Of course 2.6.31 (or more probably later) is probably a
>> long way away for many distributions, but raising awareness early can't
>> be a bad thing. Also, knowing who to contact (blame) is a good thing too.
> Why can't MODULE_ALIAS do the whole job?  You can do everything with
> MODULE_ALIAS() that you can do with an "alias" line in
> module-init-tools.
> We have eliminated them all, and are not really looking to put any
> back ;)

I don't know yet.

My initial testing showed that this didn't work in all cases I checked.
The only reason we need anything at all is backward compatibility.
The whole idea here is to get rid of the need to manually load the
autofs module at all.


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