[PATCH 4/4]: powerpc/cell spidernet ethtool -i version number info.

Linas Vepstas linas at austin.ibm.com
Sat Aug 12 05:46:47 EST 2006

Hi Olof,

Olof Johansson <olof at lixom.net> writes:
> On Fri, Aug 11, 2006 at 12:11:17PM -0500, Linas Vepstas wrote:
> > This patch adds version information as reported by 
> > ethtool -i to the Spidernet driver.
> Why does a driver that's in the mainline kernel need to have a version
> number besides the kernel version?

I'll let Jim be the primary defender. From what I can tell, "that's the
way its done".  For example:

linux-2.6.18-rc3-mm2 $ grep MODULE_VERSION */*/*.c |wc
     164     245    9081

> I can understand it for drivers like e1000 that Intel maintain outside
> of the kernel as well. But spidernet is a fully mainline maintained
> driver, right?

Yes, the spidernet is a Linux-kernel only driver.


p.s. very strange, but I did not see your original email;  
only saw Jim's reply.

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