Summary:ASTERISK-05340: driver not available in normal way
Reporter:yow (yow)Labels:
Date Opened:2005-10-21 00:13:59Date Closed:2011-06-07 14:02:50
Versions:Frequency of
Description:A kernel driver is normally is expected to operate this way: you download
the latest Linux kernel from www.kernel.org, unpack it, run "make menuconfig",
select the driver (possibly NOT as a module, but built-in), run "make", run
"make modules", run "make modules_install", and run "make install".

By being in the mainline kernel, you get automatic bug fixes. People will
run lint-like source code checkers to discover your flaws. The source will
also be subject to critical expert review, likely to discover many design

Code which does not get this review is suspect.

It's also harder to build. The whole CONFIG_CRC_CCITT thing, and all
related bug reports, would not have happened because the kernel config
system would enforce an automatic selection of the needed option.

Furthermore, you're preventing non-moduler kernels. Non-modular kernels
are a tiny bit faster, more easy to copy around (one file), and perhaps
a bit more secure.
Comments:By: yow (yow) 2005-10-21 00:17:10

I note that you can close FOUR other bugs if you fix this one.
Many problems are related to keeping the driver out of the
standard Linux kernel source. This is just not the way things
are normally done.

By: Mark Spencer (markster) 2005-10-21 00:35:08

The bug tracker is not the place to debate whether modular / non modular kernels make more sense.  Zaptel is generally very rapidly developed and has few kernel dependencies, so it doesn't seem particularly logical to try (again) to get it merged in with the mainstream kernel at the moment.  I understand there can be a lot of debate about this but asterisk-dev probably sounds like a better forum for it.