Re: Request for stats: devfs and kmod errors

David S. Miller (
Fri, 31 Jul 1998 07:20:36 -0700

Date: Sat, 1 Aug 1998 00:10:13 +1000

Hi, all. I've had at least two reports of errors like:
kmod: waitpid(%d,NULL,0) failed, returning = -512.

when using 2.1.11x kernels with my devfs patch (and apparently the
errors go away when devfs is not used). Something I'm trying to
establish whether anything *actually fails* when this message pops
up. I'm starting to suspect that it's an annoying message and nothing
more: no functionality is lost.

This smells like signals going to the task loading the module.
Perhaps there needs to be some signal masking done in the kmod
code paths?

David S. Miller

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