Thursday, April 1, 2010

LDD3 notes: Compiling and loading modules

My notes while reading Linux Device Drivers 3rd edition.

out of tree module makefile boilerplate with dual purpose

  • standalone: invokes kernel tree modules target
  • referenced by M: acts like in-tree kbuild makefile

disposable sections with __init, __initdata, __exit

module loading races

  • register facilities only when really ready to take calls
  • at failure, previously registered facilities can be in use already


  • automatically exposed in /sys/module
  • with given access permissions, can be read/written to
  • module won't be notified of writes

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