Kernel Bug Tracker – Bug 12736
linux Makefile uses 'depmod -r'
Last modified: 2009-03-26 16:06:11 UTC
Latest working kernel version:
Earliest failing kernel version:
Distribution: Alpine Linux
During 'make modules_install' depmod is called with the -r option. module-init-tools does nothing with this option and its not mentioned in the manpage.
The busybox-1.13.2 version of depmod does not support this option at all.
Steps to reproduce:
* Install busybox-1.13.2 or later. Make sure depmod is enabled
* symlink /sbin/depmod -> /bin/busybox
* run make modules_install
it will fail on depmod.
Created attachment 20295 [details]
Proposed patch to use depmod without -r option.
Yes, this is a deficiency of busybox implementation of module init tools.
The standard module init tools from kernel.org projects area does indeed support the use of -r command line option to depmod. Classically this -r (or --root) command line parameter had meaning to consider all modules from the root of the module tree. Now the modern default of -a parameter if no parameter specified is sufficient,
So the current implementations of depmod (in the kernel.org module init tools project) simply ignores the -r command line parameter in order to not break backwards compatibility.
Perhaps a just as relevant suggestion would be to have the busybox implementation of depmod extended to also accept (and also not do anything with) the -r parameter.
I guess the larger issue for discussion is at what point in time should the depmod utility be updated to not accept -r anymore. Until such time, it is technically not wrong for the kernel make system to do depmod -r
(In reply to comment #2)
> Perhaps a just as relevant suggestion would be to have the busybox
> implementation of depmod extended to also accept (and also not do anything
> with) the -r parameter.
My first move was sending a patch to busybox which didn't really want make busybox bigger without any good reason. They are doing a pretty good job keeping their code small - gotta respect them for that. They asked me to bring this to attention to linux dev.
> I guess the larger issue for discussion is at what point in time should the
> depmod utility be updated to not accept -r anymore. Until such time, it is
> technically not wrong for the kernel make system to do depmod -r
It's technically not wrong to remove the -r either.
Seems a good candidate . Please submit it (with a signed-off-by line) to email@example.com as per Documentation/SubmittingPatches. You don't need to be a list member to do that.
This is already fixed - see: