[systemd-devel] udev: New default rule for autoloading kernel modules matching CPU modalias

Rafael J. Wysocki rjw at rjwysocki.net
Sat Jul 20 04:00:12 PDT 2013

On Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:56:54 PM Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> Hi Kay,
> After a recent change present in 3.11-rc1 there is a driver, called processor,
> that can be bound to the CPU devices whose sysfs directories are located under
> /sys/devices/system/cpu/.  A side effect of this is that, after the driver has
> been bound to those devices, the kernel adds DRIVER=processor to ENV for CPU
> uevents and they don't match the default rule for autoloading modules matching
> DRIVER!="?*", ENV{MODALIAS}=="?*", IMPORT{builtin}="kmod load $env{MODALIAS}"
> any more.  However, there are some modules whose module aliases match specific
> CPU features through the modalias string and those modules should be loaded
> automatically if a compatible CPU is present.  Yet, with the processor driver
> bound to the CPU devices the above rule is not sufficient for that, so we need
> a new default udev rule allowing those modules to be autoloaded even if the
> CPU devices have drivers.
> On my test systems I added the following rule for that:
> ACTION="add", SUBSYSTEM=="cpu", ENV{MODALIAS}=="?*", IMPORT{builtin}="kmod load $env{MODALIAS}"

That should have been:

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="cpu", ENV{MODALIAS}=="?*", IMPORT{builtin}="kmod load $env{MODALIAS}"

sorry about the mistake.

> in a separate file, but I'm not a udev expert, so I guess it may be done in a
> better way.
> Can you please consider adding such a rule to the default set of udev rules?


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Rafael J. Wysocki, Intel Open Source Technology Center.

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