Any working ichsmb(4) platforms out there?

Bruce M. Simpson bms at
Fri Sep 12 18:43:35 UTC 2008

Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> I don't consider this a "dependency issue" at all.  These are all
> literally separate things; you do not meed smbus(4) and smb(4) if you
> just simply want to tie a driver to a feature/device that's on the PCI
> bus (e.g. ichsmb(4)).
> Besides, does kldload or kernel modules in general have *any* sort
> of dependency tree code?  I didn't think they did.

Some modules do, some modules don't.

One of the issues here is that there is sometimes a diamond-like 
dependency graph between kernel modules, or there is no way to establish 
dependency at all.

For example, smb(4) has no idea that ichsmb(4) should be loaded, for the 
very reason you point out that smb(4) isn't needed by ichsmb(4); whilst 
ichsmb(4) presents an smbus(4) interface in the kernel, which smb(4) 
will recognise and attach to, it has no idea that it should get loaded.

Having said that, I thought your plain language explanation of how 
things are was excellent and clear.


More information about the freebsd-stable mailing list