On Sun, 2004-08-22 at 23:01 -0400, seth vidal wrote: > > > Not fine to a lot of servers, though. Sometimes you have multiple nics > > > in a machine and you don't want certain ones even coming up if you can > > > avoid it. Maybe they're a heartbeat backup nic > > > > Loading the driver doesn't mean assigning an address to it. I don't see > > how simply having the driver loaded would cause problems for a backup > > NIC. > > loading the driver means activating the device, which typically means > the network (especially switches) are suddenly aware of it. Ok. But certainly heartbeat is a special case - you have to do some manual configuration, and whatever program we have to load drivers could certainly provide a blacklist. > bug or not, loading a driver just b/c a device is present is a good way > to make A LOT of systems unbootable. I've never had problems personally when I ran Debian, they use discover, which IIRC autoloads modules for anything it knows about. > I'll point you to thousands of > video cards as an example. The kernel already has blacklists for bad devices, sounds like that needs to grow...
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