[PATCH] Implement Symbol-Based Video Driver Autoloading

Stephane Marchesin marchesin at icps.u-strasbg.fr
Thu Nov 15 19:45:07 PST 2007

On 11/16/07, David Nusinow <dnusinow at speakeasy.net> wrote:
> Ok, this method is the other one I had in mind. Basically the server would
> load each driver, call its probe function, then unload it. Once it's
> collected a list of drivers that say they have something they can
> support, load them. Is this more or less what you're thinking?

Well to be honest we're mostly thinking about lowering our own maintenance
burden here. I also don't know how other driver devs feel, some might need
pciids for different reasons anyway.

This seems like it'd be fairly heavyweight to me. I don't want to slow down
> server startup too much if I can help it. Do you think that having a dozen
> drivers run this kind of probe won't slow down the startup?

I frankly don't know, as far as I know we're the first driver to do that
(all other drivers have at least a pciid list + sometimes future device

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