Re: module compiler version check still needed?

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Mon Aug 14 2006 - 05:17:44 EST

On Monday 14 August 2006 11:06, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> On Sun, 2006-08-13 at 06:48 +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > Does anybody know of any reason why we would still need the compiler version
> > check during module loading? AFAIK on i386 it was only needed to handle
> > 2.95 (which got dropped) and on x86-64 it was never needed. Is there
> > a need on any other architecture for it?
> is there any harm in doing this check?

Yes, it can cause lots of trouble when you try to compile external
modules on a different system with different compiler than on the
system where the kernel was compiled.

e.g. you upgrade a distribution kernel but now you can compile
modules for it because the new rpm was compiled with a newer

Happens to me regularly.

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