Duplicate drivers and hotplug, aka "Live CD doesn't detect RTL-8139"

Jeremy Huntwork jhuntwork at linuxfromscratch.org
Tue Jun 7 03:49:25 PDT 2005

Alexander E. Patrakov wrote:
> a) drop 8139cp (in preference to 8139too), eepro100 (in preference to 
> e100), dmfe (in preference to tulip), xircom_tulip_cb (in preference to 
> xircom_cb, and it doesn't load anyway because of missing symbols). If 
> you disagree because this breaks your network access, please tell.
> b) apply Debian patch (attached) that causes hotplug to try loading all 
> matching PCI drivers instead of stopping at the first one (even if it is 
> blacklisted). Amend the blacklist. Requires testing by owners of 
> RTL-8139C+ cards for which both drivers work.
> What is more correct here?

Hrm. That's a tough choice. It seems that whenever I decide to drop 
support for a certain device, someone shows up and says, 'why isn't 
there support for my device?'. So, I suppose we should at least test out 
option 'b' first before we just drop those modules (with the possible 
exception of the xircom_tulip_cb module, which as you pointed out, 
doesn't load.)  Anyone out there have the RTL-8139C+ card Alexander 
mentioned and would be willing to help us test?

(CC'ing lfs-dev to improve our chances of having someone with that card 
read this request for help.)


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