[Nelug] modprobe versus modules.conf

Andrew Hatch andrew at andrewhatch.net
Mon Mar 14 09:20:16 UTC 2005

That was indeed a gem of a pointer.  The alias line (alias eth0 8139too)
belongs on Debian (testing release) in /etc/modprobe.d/aliases

Thanks to all who replied - much appreciated.


-----Original Message-----
From: Martin Ward [mailto:Martin.Ward at durham.ac.uk] 
Sent: 13 March 2005 10:41
To: North East Linux User Group mailing list; Andrew Hatch
Subject: Re: [Nelug] modprobe versus modules.conf

On Friday 11 Mar 2005 5:04 pm, Andrew Hatch wrote:
> All,
> I'm running 2.6.10-1-k7 on debian and having a minor problem with
> automatically configuring the network at bootup.  The following recipe
> gives me a working network connection:
> 1. Bootup
> 2. modprobe 8139too
> 3. ifup eth0
> I naively thought I could then just add the line
> 	alias eth0 8139too
> to /etc/modules.conf and the device should start automagically.
> Unfortunately it doesn't.  Does anybody have a gem of wisdom they could
> share with me on this?

I have a gem of something (which may or may not be wisdom).

On Mandrake 10.1 (which also uses a 2.6 kernel) the alias commands
have to be added to the file /etc/modprobe.conf, not /etc/modules.conf.

Does that help?


Martin.Ward at durham.ac.uk http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~mward/ Erdos number: 4
G.K.Chesterton web site: http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~mward/gkc/

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