I spent Labor Day with John the paper millionaire of a dotcom. He wanted to
work some more on the reverse
project we started yesturday.
Today's goal was installing the IPX drivers on his Linux box, which
turned into a long and arduous venture.
Normally, I don't run modular Linux kernels—aside from the security issues
they bring up—they're not the most elegant thing under Linux (heck, if it
wasn't in Unix V6 it's a horrible kludge that doesn't integrate well in
Unix, such as threads, file locking, removable media and installable drivers
at either boot or runtime but I digress … ) and a bit of a pain to use.
I initially tried:
# cd /lib/modules/2.2.14-0.5smp/misc
# insmod ipx.o
but that didn't work. Too many errors. So we then spent the next few hours
trying to recompile the Linux kernel to support IPX and none of the
kernels would boot (they all failed trying to mount the root filesystem from
the SCSI drive).
By this time Mark arrived and after mucking
about for another hour, tried:
# insmod ipx
insmod ipx.o didn't, yet insmod ipx did. I've done the
insmod module.o and it's worked when I've done it (okay,
mostly under a 2.0 kernel) yet apparently there is magic done when you
don't specify the .o extension.
And Linux zealots wonder why Windows is so popular …
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