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Old 08-31-2008, 09:31 PM
Christian Meyer
 
Default Bug#497323: Kernel update should update m-a created modules too

Package: linux-latest-2.6
Version: 15
Severity: wishlist


Hello there,
I'm running Lenny (testing) with linux-image-2.6-k7 installed (depending from linux-image-2.6-686).
Using a prism2-USB WLAN adapter I need to use linux-wlan-ng. The kernel modules for it are not shipped
with the linux-image so I need to compile and install it using module-assistant.

Updating linux-image unfortunately causes WLAN not to work any more until I build new modules for the
updated kernel (I often forget to do so and wonder why Internet doesn't work). But then: building modules
without linux-headers (and without access to the Internet to download them) is a bit complicated.
Okay, I should have been updated linux-headers too.

I think updating the kernel automatically should update (in postinst) user-specific modules (=build new ones)
not included in the linux-image.
Users who have compiled their own modules usually have m-a and the sources of the corresponding modules
installed so:
m-a -l VERSION_OF_NEW_KERNEL a-i allu -t
builds exactly those modules which has been build for an older kernel version and devices should seamlessly work
with the updated kernel.

Christian Meyer
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