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

Alexander E. Patrakov patrakov at ums.usu.ru
Tue Jun 7 19:55:10 PDT 2005

Jeremy Huntwork wrote:
> 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.)

OK, removing xircom_tulip_cb and adding this hotplug patch. But:

8139too is supposed to work for all 8139-based based network cards
eepro100 is deprecated upstream: http://lkml.org/lkml/2005/1/27/254

Alexander E. Patrakov

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