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

Rafael J. Wysocki rjw at sisk.pl
Sat Jul 20 03:56:54 PDT 2013

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}"

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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